Urban Construction Update - November 2013

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Several new infill and adaptive reuse projects are underway throughout 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 November.

11. Avocados The Natural Choice

A new restaurant called Avocados, recently opened at 311 W. Ashley Street. According to their website, Avocados strives to serve the most natural, whole foods available by purchasing their produce, meats and cheeses from local fresh food producers; insuring the highest quality meals and helping to maintain localized economic growth.

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

12. 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

13. 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

14. Gus and Company Shoe Repair & Luggage Shoppe

Gus and Company Shoe Repair & Luggage Shoppe is in the process of relocating from 225 North Laura Street to a new storefront at 228 West Adams Street.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/downtowntoday.php?dt_date=2013-07-18

15. State Attorney's Office

Work is underway on the $26 million reconstruction of the old courthouse as a new home for the State Attorney's Office. Construction is estimated to be completed in Fall 2014.

16. Greyhound Bus Station

Site work appears to be underway the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center's Greyhound bus terminal at the intersection of West Adams and Johnson Streets. The $5 million intercity bus terminal is being constructed by Core Construction Company. The one year construction project is being funded by Federal Administration grants.

17. Engine 15 Brewing

Engine 15 Brewing recently purchased two historic warehouses at 601 and 633 Myrtle Avenue for a new brewery, tap room, outdoor beer garden and cannery. The new brewery will increase Engine 15's annual production from 1,000 barrels to 10,000 barrels. The brewery is expected to open in three months.

For more information: http://engine15.com/

18. 220 Riverside

Construction of 220 Riverside continues.  220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units when complete in 2014.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/220Riverside

19. Brooklyn Riverside/Brooklyn Retail

Pollack Shores Real Estate Group of Atlanta has applied for building permits for the $24.8 million Brooklyn Riverside project. Brooklyn Riverside will be a 310-unit apartment complex.  Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units. The retail portion, currently known as Riverside & Jackson, will be a 53,000 square foot retail center featuring a Fresh Market grocery store, specialty retail and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development of Atlanta, anticipates a Summer 2014 opening. Site work appears to be underway.  Combined, the projects are estimated to cost $53 million to construct.

For more information: http://fuquadevelopment.com/projects/ and http://www.pollackshores.com/development/

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