Urban Construction Update - March 2012

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A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of March 2012.


Duval County Courthouse

Streetscape improvements surrounding the county courthouse are now underway.  The courthouse is expected to be completed in two to three months.


The buildout of 7-Eleven at Forsyth & Julia Streets is now underway.

JEA Garage Restoration

Facade renovations of the JEA garage on Church & Laura Streets continues.

38 West Monroe Street

Renovations are being made to 38 West Monroe Street and new street level businesses are opening.

Laura Trio

The Bisbee Building's windows have been removed.

BodyJax Fitness

BodyJax Fitness and Midtown Deli are now operating at the Jacksonville Bank Building on Forsyth Street.  Midtown Deli's awnings are an affordable addition to the building's facade that have enhanced the structure at the pedestrian scale level.

Everbank Center Food Court

While no work has taken place in this space, once Everbank's operations shift to downtown, it is expected that several new businesses will open up in this space.

Geer Services

Geer Services is in the process of opening in Everbank Center's mall at the Forsyth Street entrance.  For more information on Geer Services visit:



Sweet Lady Blue

Interior construction continues on Sweet Lady Blue.  For more information on Sweet Lady Blue: http://www.sweetladyblue.com/

Baptist/Wolfson's Tower


Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Work continues on the site at Park Street and I-95.

Tapa That

Tapa That, at 820 Lomax Street, is expected to open later this month.

Derby on Park

Construction continues on Derby on Park in Five Points.  For more information: http://www.facebook.com/DerbyOnPark

1534 Oak Street

Construction on the future location of Chew continues to advance.

Former Jackson's Grill

Park & King's former Jackson's Grill is being converted into a Tex-Mex style restaurant/bar.

Dahlia's Pour House

Dahlia's Pour House, at Post & King Streets, is expected to open later this month.  For more information: http://www.dahliaspourhouse.com/

Former Walker's Wine Bar

Park & King's Walker's Wine Bar is being converted into a tapas bar.

Pulp Juice Bar

GinJo Sushi Restaurant

GinJo Sushi Japanese Restaurant at 3620 St. Johns Avenue appears to opening soon.  For more information: http://www.ginjosushi.com/index.htm

Beau Outfitter

The space at 3564 St. Johns Avenue will be the location of Beau Outfitters.  For more information: http://www.facebook.com/BeauOutfitters

Robert E. Lee High School

The reconstruction of Robert E. Lee High School continues.


Buzz Restaurant

Construction on the Buzz Restaurant at 6th & Main Streets continues.

Julia's Urban Grocery

This building at 5th & Main Streets will be renovated into an organic grocery market.

Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic

Paul Davis Restoration

A new roof has been added to this project since last month's Metro Jacksonville update.

1553 Market Street

This 5,000 square foot former grocery market at 6th & Liberty Street will be renovated for leasing opportunities.


San Marco Station

This Hendricks Avenue development will be anchored by a Panera Bread and Boost Mobile.

Aardwolf Brewing Company

Aardwold Brewing Company will be coming to the former South Jacksonville Utilities building on Hendricks Avenue.

San Marco will be the home of the next great brewery to enter the northeast Florida/Jacksonville market. The long-awaited Aardwolf Brewing Company helmed by Michael Payne has signed a lease for a building on Hendricks Blvd. next to the railroad tracks. The building was previously a tile and granite retailer as well as an icehouse. The location is also across the street from the San Marco Station project and Panera Bread Company.

Payne is previously responsible for the brewing program at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. There he established a robust program that has produced favorite brews such Pinglehead Red, Moondance Stout, and Tailhook Brown. He refined his brewing knowledge at the Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doeman’s Academy in Munich. The Siebel Institute was found in 1872 and is the oldest operating school dedicated to beer brewing science in the United State. Doeman’s was founded in 1895 by the pharmacist Dr. Albert Doemens as a training center for the brewing industry. Also Payne’s resume is a stint at Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Ga., brewers of exceptional beers like Wake n’ Bake, Hopsecutioner, and Rye Pale Ale.

A tap room and regional distribution is planned for the brewery when it is up and running. How soon that will be depends on zoning and build out, but Payne already has financing in place so it is just a matter of pushing past those hurdles.

Murphy Anderson Attorneys At Law

Construction on Murphy Anderson's new office on San Marco Boulevard continues.  For more information: http://www.murphyandersonlaw.com/

San Marco Boulevard Streetscape

The third phase of the San Marco Boulevard Streetscape project, between Laverne Street and San Marco Square, is underway.

M Shack

San Marco Square's Take Away Gourmet will be converted into the area's second M Shack.

With M Shack, the Medure brothers — known for their fine dining restaurants Matthew's Restaurant in San Marco and Restaurant Medure in Ponte Vedra Beach, plus Take Away Gourmet in San Marco — enter the fast-casual arena.

No reservations. No jackets necessary.

Upon entering the restaurant, browse the short menu on three large chalkboards on the opposite wall before ordering at the counter. Like Panera or The Loop, meals are picked up at the counter or delivered to table, depending on how busy the restaurant is.

The 50-seat restaurant is a mix of booths and tables, including a 16-person counter-height table in the restaurant's center, suited for dining with friends or making new ones. Outside seating accommodates an additional 10 people, and a bar (beer and wine) seats another five.

Its contemporary, minimalist design features white tabletops, mint green booth seating, painted concrete block and subway-tiled walls and exposed ductwork.


Hamburger Mary's

Hamburger Mary's third Florida location will open soon at 333-1 Beach Boulevard in St. Nicholas Town Center.  

Hamburger Mary's franchises are "open-air bar and grilles for open-minded people," where guests enjoy a flamboyant dining experience. Everyone is welcome at Hamburger Mary's, but our concept is unique in that we are the ONLY national franchise actively marketing to the gay community. The restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, with a full-service bar serving up delicious cocktails and the best Bloody Mary!

For more information: http://www.hamburgermarys.com/


Hollywood Nails

Hollywood Nails has opened at 1200 Edgewood Avenue S. For more information: http://hollywoodnailsjax.com/

Yoga Zensation

Yoga Zensation has opened at 1188 Edgewood Avenue S.  For more information: http://yogazensation.com/

Edgewood Avenue South @ Antisdale Street

10 New Storefronts

Update by Ennis Davis