Urban Construction Update - December 2013

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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.


36. CDC Corporation

The CDC Corporation is in the process of renovating 1501 North Main Street into their main offices. CDC Corp is a non-profit organization which purchases properties in need of renovation, typically puts $25-$40k into them for builders grade renovations, and sells for fair market value. CDC Corp works all around the NE FL area, and hopes to renovate and sell about 100 houses in 2014.

37. Wing Time

217 W. 8th St (former Caribbean Stone) is being remodeled into Wing Time, which is a local chain.

38. 2402 North Main Street

The Quad City Sound & Car Accessories building at 2402 North Main Street is being reconfigured to face Main Street.


39. The Kitchen on San Marco

Education Corporation of America, which owns Virginia College, plans to open a fully-staffed teaching restaurant in the Southeast in the former Oral Explosions building at 1402 San Marco Boulevard. Students at Culinard, The Culinary Institute of Virginia College, will train at the Kitchen on San Marco, which will feature local and regional foods and employ a professional staff of about 40 people. It is anticipated that the Kitchen on San Marco will open in early January 2014.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=540365

40. JPMorgan Chase & Company

Construction is underway on the development of a 5,320-square-foot Chase Bank at 1515 Atlantic Blvd., between Hendricks and Thacker Avenues. SM Ventures Inc. is the property owner and Boos Development Group of Clearwater is the developer.

41. Beach Diner

Beach Diner has recently taking over a space formerly occupied by San Marco Deli. The restaurant is Jacksonville's 4th Beach Diner location.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/08/23/taverna-expansion-moves-forward.html

42. San Marco Station

Panera Bread is now open at the San Marco Train Station development at 1440 Hendricks Avenue. Work is still continuing on the restoration of a 1915 City of South Jacksonville waterworks building into retail/dining space at the Ed Ash development.

For more information: http://www.ashcoinc.net/sanmarco.htm

43. Veloce Pizzeria

Veloce Pizzeria Napoletana plans to open at 1406 Hendricks Avenue, at the Nira Street intersection. A description of the restaurant is provided on their facebook site:

We are passionate about our causes: living life in all its chaotic glory and creating savory pizza. At Veloce, pizza is not just a delectable food; it is an art form. We put our hearts into every intricate step of the Veloce process to ensure that each pizza is a masterpiece. We live for Napoletana and dedicate ourselves to honoring the pizza of Old Italy. Authentic Neapolitan pizza is a culinary experience that will delight the senses. Made with ingredients freshly imported from Italy, we redefine fresh and original with each bite. The principal element used, San Felice flour, is grinded by expert millers in Naples. The Buffala Mozzarella cheese is made with milk from water buffalos raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio. The San Marzano tomatoes are vine ripened on the volcanic plains below Mount Vesuvius.

Once we arrange each piece of Italy onto a canvas of soft dough, the pizza enters our Artisan Veloce Wood Ovens where it is finished in 60 seconds. Our ovens, hand-built by 5th generation Italian artisans and constructed with volcanic rock from Mt. Vesuvius, heat to 1000 degrees and rapidly bake our pizzas to perfection. Serving fresh pies with gourmet flair, freshly imported ingredients, and an expeditious fashion differentiates Veloce from the average pizza place. The community and family-oriented environment will bring customers together as they are instantly transported to a real Italian dinner table.

Experience pizza the way it was intended, the Veloce way.

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

44. Le Bar

San Marco’s new Le Bar, the successor to Bistro Aix sister concept Onyx, recently opened at 1440 San Marco Boulevard. The restaurant offers guests a range of dining options, all under one roof, in a relaxed, casual setting.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/food-and-dining/2013-12-17/story/dining-san-marcos-bistro-aix-debuts-sister-concept-le#ixzz2o4IwMQeI

45. 1917 Hendricks Avenue

LCTurner LLC has plans to demolish a residential structure at 1917 Hendricks Avenue. It will be replaced with a two-story, 4,480-square-foot commercial building featuring offices above retail.

46. Premier Open MRI

A building addition is underway at 916 Dante Place's Premier Open MRI.

Development update by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

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