Urban Construction Update - August 2016

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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 August 2016.

Article originally published on Transform Jax section of Moderncities.com on August 1, 2016. Meaning Better TRANSportation and Urban FORM today, for a sustainable Jacksonville tomorrow, TransForm Jax's vision is to improve the vitality and quality of life in Jacksonville through creative, innovative, attainable, and sustainable solutions.


1. Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

Vantage Hospitality Group is investing up to $20 million in the renovation of the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk.

[ quote ]Rooms will be renovated in phases with new carpeting, windows, balconies, doors and furnishings as well as redesigned bathrooms.

The hotel will remain open during the project.

The work will include an exterior re-facing, roof replacement, new windows, a renovated porte cochere in the front, the addition of a porte cochere at the entrance of the convention center in the back along Prudential Drive, a remodeled pool area and a redesigned fifth-floor terrace.

In the ground-floor public areas, the lobby, lounge and restaurant will see significant upgrades. Carpeting will be replaced by hard flooring and new furnishings will be added throughout, in addition to the drop ceilings.

The lobby will be redesigned and moved closer to the front, opening up a sight-line to the pool area. It also will have a coffee bar and an art wall and water feature that will front most of the elevators, which now are exposed.

The expanded lobby lounge will be rebuilt with a loggia so that part of the seating area will be outside under cover.

The fitness center will be renovated and the ground-floor restaurant will be renovated with a covered outdoor seating area.[ quote ]

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546154

2.The First Coast Mohs Skin Center

Plans are underway to transform a 1.2-acre site, at Park and Rosselle Streets, into a 2-story 11,516 square foot medical office building and associated retail. The First Coast Mohs Skin Center will occupy the first floor of the proposed Spanish-styled structure. "Mohs" refers to a technique that removes cancerous tissue with minimal effects to healthy tissue. The second floor will be for general offices. The building's footprint will face Park Street with parking in the rear, along Rosselle and Chelsea Streets. The project was originally anticipated to be completed by November 2016. However, construction has not started as of August 24, 2016.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2016-mar-medical-office-building-proposed-in-brooklyn

3. 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.

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

4. 100 North Laura Street

The renovation of 100 North Laura Street continues. Plans involve lobby renovations, exterior canopies, lighting and a new 4,700-square-foot restaurant that will be operated by Black Sheep. However, the restaurant will have a different concept and name than the popular Five Points establishment.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2015/11/black-sheeps-downtown-location-gets-approval-for.html

5. Washington Street Bridge

The Washington Street Bridge over Hogans Creek is in the process of being replaced. The $1.7 million project includes replacing the existing bridge box culvert with a single span culvert, resurfacing the roadway and reconstructing existing sidewalks. The 10-month long project is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

6. Public House Coffee

Public House Coffee plans to open a new "flagship" coffeehouse at the Jacksonville Landing this summer. The basic concept of Public House will be espresso-based coffee drinks and iced drinks, as well as drip coffee from beans roasted by the company, which it will also sell wholesale in the store. Public House also plans to serve pastries, as well as biscotti. The coffeehouse will be located in a storefront facing Independent Drive that was formerly occupied by Starbucks.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2016/05/new-coffee-shop-plans-flagship-store-at-the.html

7. Amerisbank

Construction continues on a new Ameris Bank branch on the ground floor of 121 Atlantic Place. Ameris will lease 2,000 square feet in Suite 150 of 121 Atlantic Place and put up signs on the glass storefront windows and doors as well as an exterior sign on the corner of the building at Hogan and Forsyth streets.

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=547835

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Article originally published on Moderncities.com on August 25, 2016 by Ennis Davis, AICP. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Ennis is a certified urban and transportation planner with 15 years of experience in the fields of architecture, planning and transportation. In addition, Ennis is a co-founder of Modern Cities, TransForm Jax, Atlanta-based HGI Investment Group and author of Reclaiming Jacksonville, Cohens: The Big Store and Images of Modern America: Jacksonville. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com or follow on Twitter at @modern_cities.