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Urban Construction Update - May 2014

Major construction projects have returned to the landscape of Jacksonville's urban core. Find out where (and more) as we take a brief look at the status of various developments under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of May.

Published May 28, 2014 in Development      21 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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1. Parador Parking Garage


Future retail build-out if the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.

Construction continues on the Parador parking garage project at the intersection of Bay and Hogan Streets. The six-story, $10 million structure will contain 607 parking spaces. Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy. The garage is expected to be completed by August 2014.










2. JAX Chamber International Plaza



The construction of the JAX Chamber's International Plaza appears to have stalled over the last month. When this project is completed, the plaza will feature flags from 20 countries whose businesses have a presence in Jacksonville. International Plaza is a part of the JAX Chamber's $2.1 million “Downtown’s New Front Door” redesign, which was initially announced in 2011. The redesign included the renovation of the Chamber's interior, exterior facade and the creation of a new sustainable parking area.








3. Southbank Riverwalk



Construction on the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk continues.



For more information: http://www.coj.net/departments/public-affairs/headlines/new-southbank-riverwalk-construction-to-begin.aspx






4. Jessie Ball duPont Center



Construction on the Jessie Ball duPont Center is continues to move forward. The Jessie Ball duPont Center will be developed within the iconic Haydon Burns Library building that was completed in 1965 and designed by architect Taylor Hardwick. When complete in late 2014/early 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center will serve as the epicenter for Northeast Florida's philanthropic and nonprofit community. The 120,000 square foot building will act as a hub for local nonprofits, stimulating an environment of collaboration within the sector.

Plans call for the structure's precast concrete fins, glazed brick mural, and mosaic tiles will be repaired and restored as close as possible to their original condition as a part of the $20 million project. Additionally, the four-level facility will include retail, conference/meeting spaces, a green roof, and an outdoor patio/terrace area at the intersection of Ocean and Adams Streets.







For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-dec-jessie-ball-dupont-center-haydon-burns-renderings




5. The J&J Bar and Judge & Jury

The "J&J Bar" and the "Judge and Jury" restaurant will be coming soon to 410 Broad St., Suite 101. Foufam LLC, whose managers are James and Macie Foutch, will operate the businesses. To date, it appears that no construction has taken place.



For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/2013/01/new-lavilla-restaurant-will-aim-for.html




6. Beaver Street Villas

LaVilla's long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street is being renovated by nearby Clara White Mission into street level offices and 16 upper level apartment units. It appears that this reconstruction project has come to a standstill over the last few weeks.



For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-jul-more-downtown-mixed-use-beaver-street-villas




7. EverBank Field

A $63 million renovation of EverBank Field is underway. The project will add a fan area with pools and food and beverage service to the north endzone, along with the world's largest video scoreboards.



For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/06/19/jacksonville-jaguars-unveil-63.html?page=all




8. State Attorney's Office

Work continues on the $26 million reconstruction of the old courthouse as a new home for the State Attorney's Office. Construction is estimated to be completed in Fall 2014.










9. New York Steam Laundry Building


Proposed Building Façade

Interior demolition on the redevelopment of the New York Steam Laundry Building is underway. L.B. Jax Development, LLC. plans to convert the 11,000 square foot historic structure into restaurant and office space.



For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-feb-new-york-steam-laundry-development-project-renderings



10. Bighouse

The former Poppy Love Smoke space at 112 West Adams Street will become a gallery/live performance venue called Bighouse. Funding issues have temporarily stalled the project.








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21 Comments

Noone

May 28, 2014, 04:55:16 AM
Thanks for the update. There is a Business Investment strategy plan review committee meeting of the DIA  at 3 pm today 1st floor city hall.

Coolyfett

May 28, 2014, 06:08:40 AM
Coming along slowly......

KenFSU

May 28, 2014, 08:24:44 AM
Great update.

Anyone know what's holding up the YMCA?

jaxjaguar

May 28, 2014, 08:38:12 AM
According to another user "The project has stalled due to two primary donors pulling their support once they learned that the plan was not to fully fund the project through donations but to use raised funds to gain financing instead."

Sounds like it's indefinitely delayed. It's sad to see so many of these projects stalled/ceased due to funding.

Dapperdan

May 28, 2014, 08:51:47 AM
What about the Levels Club by Lavernious Coles on Bay St? Has it not started yet?

BoldBoyOfTheSouth

May 28, 2014, 10:16:41 AM
For the Parador parking gargage, "Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy." what is their current occupancy rate?

tufsu1

May 28, 2014, 11:21:06 AM
What about the Levels Club by Lavernious Coles on Bay St? Has it not started yet?

not to my knowledge

NoahDavis

May 28, 2014, 11:57:46 AM
The building by the shell station on the 8th street side of broad street was being renovated until a fire last week caused it to haunt.  My guess is more apartments. Anyone know for sure?

comncense

May 28, 2014, 02:18:58 PM
Well seems like the typical things are still going on in Jax since I've moved. "Stalled", "Delayed", "Halted", "Funding Issues"... I pray that something comes together for Downtown / Brooklyn once my lease is up in Orlando next year. Maybe Laura Street Trio will have broken ground by then... :D

On a side note, JAX Chamber International Plaza has to be the ugliest building I've seen. That's supposed to represent the gateway to Downtown??

Todd_Parker

May 28, 2014, 02:48:45 PM
For the Parador parking gargage, "Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy." what is their current occupancy rate?

My guess is that we'll see light rail return to the S-line before we see a retail build-out of that parking structure. Translation = never.

IrvAdams

May 28, 2014, 02:50:16 PM
I'm looking forward to the old library (Haydon Burns) becoming the Jessie Ball DuPont. Can't wait to see the inside of that building and how they handle the outside design features. I think it's a unique structure.

Bill Hoff

May 28, 2014, 03:15:36 PM
The building by the shell station on the 8th street side of broad street was being renovated until a fire last week caused it to haunt.  My guess is more apartments. Anyone know for sure?

Yes, they're being renovated as apartments. The fire was a roofing accident, but all parties were insured so the work will continue...it'll just be a little more work than planned now. : )

It was included in this: http://www.myspringfield.org/news/business-and-development/77-under-construction-spring-2014

Bill Hoff

May 28, 2014, 03:25:45 PM
FYI about the 8th Street project.

It's been ready to move forward for months, however Councilwoman Lee is holding up the process as she wants the $385,687 in funds appropriated for this project (and a larger $750k Eastside neighborhood development) to go to NW Jacksonville, instead.

At every meeting since the appropriation was introduced Councilwoman Lee has been able to get the action deferred. She doesn’t want this money to go into the Springfield area and feels that it should be used for a project she wants to do at Moncrief Road and 13th St in Northwest Jax. She made that very clear in the latest RCD meeting. Here's a link a video of the meeting (discussion begins at 4 min marl, Ms Lee speaks at 8 min mark): http://media.coj.net/City_Council/RCD_5-20-14.wmv

At the latest RCD meeting, Councilman Gaffney (who is not on the RCD) stood before the committee and spoke very poignantly in support of the project. He was promised that the committee will have a vote on this appropriation at the Next RCD Committee meeting which should be held Tuesday, June 3rd at 2:00.


And unrelated, the Beaver Street Villas project will probably take quite some time. It involves federal contracting, which can take f-o-r-e-v-e-r.


 

JBTripper

May 28, 2014, 05:17:03 PM
Very positive to see some things actually happening in San Marco. If only there was some way to unite San Marco, Riverside/Avondale, Brooklyn, Springfield, the sports complex and Downtown... Some sort of transit solution, maybe elevated in nature.

Seems like that might create the critical mass necessary to get past some of these funding issues in the core.

CCMjax

May 28, 2014, 10:25:49 PM
Another elevated transit system is not what jax needs in my opinion.  They are expensive, take up a huge amount of real estate and end up being eyesores like the one currently downtown which doesnt really efficiently serve its purpose.  The L works and fits in well in chicago but jax and chicago are totally different cities and are not comparible.  On the subject of transit, i think light rail or a streetcar system are options better suited for jax, eventually.

mtraininjax

May 29, 2014, 06:25:15 AM
The old Flowers by Pat space in Murray Hill is supposed to be a wine bar. Should be cool.

Interesting article on the YMCA:

Quote
Work on $21 million Riverside YMCA delayed months after ground breaking ceremony

YMCA searching for new lender to secure project financing

http://jacksonville.com/news/health-and-fitness/2014-05-28/story/work-21-million-riverside-ymca-delayed#ixzz336BypLHe

joshuataylor

June 10, 2014, 05:34:03 PM
Walked by Corrado's on Lomax this afternoon, and they were OPEN!!!!! Today is the first of a two day soft opening. The place looked good with patio furniture out front and customers inside.

But with Corrado's and Pulp both open for business, who will stand in for whipping boy now?

thelakelander

June 10, 2014, 05:35:01 PM
Still waiting on Fuddruckers!

IrvAdams

June 10, 2014, 05:44:06 PM
Still waiting on Fuddruckers!

I'll second that!

tufsu1

June 10, 2014, 09:03:49 PM
Still waiting on Fuddruckers!

you won't be getting it...but there is a new hookah bar opening soon in the former Rush Street space at the Landing

johnnyliar

June 10, 2014, 09:30:49 PM
Walked by Corrado's on Lomax this afternoon, and they were OPEN!!!!! Today is the first of a two day soft opening. The place looked good with patio furniture out front and customers inside.

But with Corrado's and Pulp both open for business, who will stand in for whipping boy now?

I'm actually really surprised they are a legit business.
Looking forward to trying it, now.
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