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 December.
1. Parador Parking Garage
Future retail build-out if the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.
The Parador parking garage project is now under construction at the intersection of Bay and Hogan Streets. The six-story, $10 million structure will contain 607 parking spaces. Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 60% occupancy. The garage is expected to be completed by August 2014.
2. 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
3. 112 East Adams Street
The 112 East Adams Street is being renovated into a multimedia gallery/performance space called BiGHOUSE.
4. JPMorgan Chase & Company
JPMorgan Chase & Company plans to open a downtown Jacksonville bank branch in the Life of South building at the intersection of Laura and Bay Streets.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-nov-chase-bank-coming-to-downtown
5. Downtown Cigar Lounge
The Downtown Cigar Lounge plans to open in early 2014 at 11 North Ocean Street. A $60,000 humidor, made of Spanish cedar, will be located on the second floor. The first floor of the building will become a "chic cigar lounge."
6. Southbank Riverwalk
Phase one of the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk is underway. Phase one involves the demolition of the former Jacksonville Maritime Museum and Jacksonville History Center buildings.
For more information: http://www.coj.net/departments/public-affairs/headlines/new-southbank-riverwalk-construction-to-begin.aspx
Former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles Jr. plans to convert 323-325 East Bay Street into a three-story restaurant called Levels. Coles describes it as an "upscale and grown venue." Each floor will feature a bar and stage for live music. Construction should start in a few weeks with March 2014 as the anticipated opening date.
For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=541124
8. 343-345 East Bay Street
A new tenant appears to be coming to 343-345 East Bay Street. The space had previously been occupied by What's Good Jacksonville.
9. Mingle City Cafe
Permits have been issued for the addition of handicapped restrooms at 119 Adams Street. The work is being done for a restaurant called Mingle City Cafe.