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 August.
1. Parador Parking Garage
Future retail build-out if the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.
Construction slowly progresses on the Parador parking garage project 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 65% occupancy.
2. JAX Chamber International Plaza
The construction of the JAX Chamber's International Plaza is nearing completion. When this project is completed, the plaza will feature flags from 20 countries whose businesses have a presence in Jacksonville. International Plaza is a part of the JAX Chamber's $2.1 million “Downtown’s New Front Door” redesign, which was initially announced in 2011. The redesign included the renovation of the Chamber's interior, exterior facade and the creation of a new sustainable parking area.
3. Southbank Riverwalk
Construction on the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk continues.
For more information: http://www.coj.net/departments/public-affairs/headlines/new-southbank-riverwalk-construction-to-begin.aspx
4. Jessie Ball duPont Center
Construction on the Jessie Ball duPont Center continues to move forward. The Jessie Ball duPont Center will be developed within the iconic Haydon Burns Library building that was completed in 1965 and designed by architect Taylor Hardwick. When complete in late 2014/early 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center will serve as the epicenter for Northeast Florida's philanthropic and nonprofit community. The 120,000 square foot building will act as a hub for local nonprofits, stimulating an environment of collaboration within the sector.
Plans call for the structure's precast concrete fins, glazed brick mural, and mosaic tiles will be repaired and restored as close as possible to their original condition as a part of the $20 million project. Additionally, the four-level facility will include retail, conference/meeting spaces, a green roof, and an outdoor patio/terrace area at the intersection of Ocean and Adams Streets.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-dec-jessie-ball-dupont-center-haydon-burns-renderings
5. 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
6. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Jimmy John's will expand into a 1,400 space in the Elk's Building at the corner of Adams and Laura Streets. The restaurant is expected to open in January 2015.
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/08/21/jimmy-johns-coming-to-the-urban-core.html
7. State Attorney's Office
Work continues 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.
8. New York Steam Laundry Building
Proposed Building Façade
Interior demolition on the redevelopment of the New York Steam Laundry Building is underway. L.B. Jax Development, LLC. plans to convert the 11,000 square foot historic structure into restaurant and office space.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-feb-new-york-steam-laundry-development-project-renderings
9. The Skyway Cafe
The Skyway Cafe will be opening soon at 219 North Hogan Street.
10. Sweet Pete's
Marcus Lemonis has closed on the former Seminole Club building, with plans to being construction to convert it into Sweet Pete's candy factory and store. The project should be completed in Fall 2014.