A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of June 2013.
Ardy's Eatable Delyghts
Ardy's Eatable Delyghts will be opening soon at 1855 North Main Street. Ardy's specializes in an array of signature desserts and eatable sweets. However, excluding the installation of a door sign, no visible changes have been made in a few months.
1221-1237 North Liberty Street
Infill construction activity is underway at 1221-1237 North Liberty Street.
122 West 8th Street
The old "moto lodge" at 122 W. 8th Street, an old hotel which was has been out of use for some time, has been demolished. According to MySpringfield.org, it was a non-historic, non-contributing structure. Operation New Hope plans to break ground on a two-story, 14 unit workforce housing apartment development later this year.
HomeStar Realty will soon open in this storefront space at 8th & Main.
San Marco Boulevard Streetscape/Balis Park Expansion
Construction of the San Marco Square roundabout is now underway as a part of the San Marco Boulevard Streetscape project. when complete, a new greenspace will anchor the popular commercial district.
Indochine/The Budda Bar
Downtown Jacksonville's popular Thai restaurant, Indochine, plans to open a second location at 1974 San Marco Boulevard in August 2013. The building's street level bar has been rebranded as The Buddha Bar. Plans call for the bar to host live music on weekends and offer "Indochine-style bar food" until 2 am.
Taverna has plans to take over an adjacent storefront space, doubling in size, and getting a liquor license.
San Marco Station
Vertical construction is underway on San Marco Train Station project, which will be anchored by Panera Bread.
Painting With A Twist
Painting With A Twist will be opening a new studio at 1525 San Marco Blvd soon.
Corks N Canvas was started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist® in 2009. To date, 90 franchise locations are open all over the country. Headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana the company maintains the artwork copy rights and brand direction of the franchise locations to insure that every location produces the same fun experience by which the company was founded.http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/about/
Update by Ennis Davis