Urban Construction Update - November 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 November 2012.


McDonald's/Family Dollar

Site preparation is now underway for the construction of a new Family Dollar and McDonald's restaurant. The $3.7 million project is expected to be completed in early 2013.

Duval County Courthouse

Bids to renovate old Jacksonville courthouse for State Attorney's Office much higher than the city's initial $19.3 million estimate. Now estimated at $30.9 million, construction is anticipated to start in March 2013.

220 Riverside

Site preparation for the construction of 220 Riverside is now underway.  220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units when complete in 2014.


Corrado's Bakery Bistro

Corrado's Bakery Bistro will be opening soon at 813 Lomax Street in Five Points.

Spot 5 On Park

Spot 5 On Park, a restaurant, is now open in Five Points.

Deep Search

Deep Search, an independent music and book store will be opening soon at 822 Lomax Street in Five Points.


General Nutrition Centers (GNC) is in the process of opening a new location at Riverside Market Square shopping center.

2216 Oak Street

Snap Fitness will be opening in this historic "streetcar" transit oriented development commercial building (constructed in 1923) at 2216 Oak Street.

The Salty-Fig Southern Gastropub

The Salty Fig, A Southern Gastropub is expected to open at 901 King Street this fall.  Salty Fig will feature a bar, dining area and outdoor sidewalk seating.

Goozlepipe & Guttyworks

Construction will be starting soon on King Street's Goozlepipe and Guttyworks.  The estimated value of the project is $1.5 million.

CoRK North

A third warehouse, north of Rosselle Street, is being converted into additional studio, gallery and entertainment space in the popular CoRK Arts District.

Cork Art District is over 80,000 square feet of warehouse space centered around artist studios and galleries.
Concieved by developer Mac Easton and artist Dolf James, CoRK (Corner of Rosselle & King) is located at 2689 Rosselle Street in Jacksonville, Florida.
The first stage of development is near completion and all the spaces have been occupied. Accordingly, the next stage is underway.
The current occupants are:

CoRK West
1) Dolf James 8000 sq ft studio
2) Jim Draper Gallery 2400 sq ft gallery
3) Crystal Floyd/ Jamie Jordan (Treefort creative) 1200 sq ft studio
4) George Cornwell Fine Art Printing/ Noli Novak Fine Art & Illustration
1000 sq ft studio
5) Jen Jones Art Consulting Jen Jones and Donald Dusinberre 1200 sq ft studio
6) Sharla Valeski "The Next Gallery- Studio 5" 800 sq ft studio.
7) Paul Ladnier 600 sq. ft. studio.

CoRK East
1) Morrison Pierce, mixed media
2) Diane Rabideau-Wise, mixed media
3) Joanelle Mulrain, painter
4) Larry Wilson & Laurie Hitzig, sculpture and painting
5) Helen Cowart, glass
6) Thomas Hager, photographer
7) Shaun Thurston, painting
8) Chad & Krissy Weeks, photographer and drawing
9) Robert Bergeron & George Deacon, video
10) Koula Redmond, ceramics
11) Lynette Matyi, painting
12) Susan Ober, painting and drawing
13) Virginia Cantore, painting
14) Thony Aiuppy, painting
15) Joy Poulard, performance art

Contact the individual artists about visiting their studios.
Most artists can be found and contacted via Facebook.
Event inquiries can be directed to corkdistrictevents@gmail.com

As Mac and Greg continue development on the next stage, tentative plans are for 1) more artist studios and galleries, 2) a live music venue, and 3) space dedicated towards performance art, all which we hope to realize this fall.

Pulp Juice Bar

Pulp is still in the process of moving forward with opening their second urban Jacksonville location at the Shops of Avondale.

Robert E. Lee High School

New windows have recently been installed as a part of the Robert E. Lee High School restoration project.

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