Urban Retail Renaissance?

November 21, 2007 26 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

A new crop of projects has the urban retail sector poised to finally take flight. Will there be enough wallets to go around?


1. Bay Street Station

Developer: Renaissance Design Build Group/Atlantic Coast Developers

Expected groundbreaking: Spring 2008

Potential components:

12 Screen movie cinema
Bowling alley
2 hotels (450 combined rooms)
80,000 sf of office space
50,000 sf of retail/restaurant space
1,500-car parking garage



2. Brooklyn Park II

Developer: Miles Development Partners

Expected groundbreaking: Summer 2008

Potential components:

800 condominiums
130-room hotel
Urban fresh market grocery store
major bookstore
150,000 square feet of office/retail/restaurant space
one acre public park



3. Jacksonville Landing East Lot

Developer: Sleiman Enterprises

Expected groundbreaking: N/A

Potential components:

1,000-car parking garage
riverfront retail and office space
work-force housing
140-slip marina



4. 122 Ocean

Developer: Main Branch LLC

Expected groundbreaking: N/A

Potential components:

City Market - An urban grocery store
Low Room Theater - independent movie theater and bar
The Grotto wine bar
Nest - A high-end design and furniture store
Parabolic Pictures LLC - A film company
TigerLily Media - A film company


Can the Landing compete with a new flock of urban retail developments?  What project will be the most beneficial to downtown? Which ones will become reality and which will remain on paper?