A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of August.
1. Haydon Burns Library
Jessie Ball duPont Fund will spend $20 million renovating Haydon Burns Library into an office building for nonprofit organizations. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund will take up less than 10 percent of the building’s space. The rest will be rented out to other nonprofits, retail services like a coffee shop or converted to public space. The project should be completed by late 2014 or early 2015.
For more information: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-07-01/story/jessie-ball-dupont-fund-will-spend-20-million-renovating-haydon-burns#ixzz2ZaIvel70
2. Workscapes, Inc.
Workscapes, Inc. is investing $200,000 in the buildout of a 5,500-square-foot storefront at 121 West Forsyth Street. Based out of Orlando, Workspaces, Inc. is an office furniture dealer.
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/2013/06/workscapes-inc-building-out-downtown.html
3. The Volstead
115 West Adams will be transformed into downtown's latest bar, The Volstead. The Volstead will be an "upscale bourbon bar with a 1920s theme".
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2013/03/new-bar-filling-vacant-space-downtown.html
4. Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
The $3.4 million renovation of the Chamber of Commerce building and property continues.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/JaxChamber
5. Might As Well Cafe
The Might As Well Cafe is anticipated to move into this street level retail space at 410 Broad Street. The restaurant will serve French-inspired fare and gourmet sandwiches. However, construction of the cafe and additional office/retail space in the historic building continues to be delayed by permitting issues surrounding the historic structure.
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.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-jul-more-downtown-mixed-use-beaver-street-villas