Brooklyn's Corner Bakery Opens: What Do You Think?

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One of the most controversial infill development projects near downtown Jacksonville is nearing completion. Is it a positive or negative for downtown walkability?

Today, Corner Bakery Café becomes the latest tenant to open up shop at Jacksonville-based Regency Centers' $14.7 million Brooklyn Station shopping center on Riverside Avenue. Anchored by Fresh Market, the design of the 49,948-square-foot project was heavily criticized as being too suburban for downtown, due to it's large surface parking lot.

Corner Bakery Café occupies a 4,000-square-foot building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Jackson Street. It's the first of three outparcel buildings lining Riverside Avenue to open. Unlike the typical Jacksonville strip mall outparcel, the only thing between the restaurant and Riverside Avenue is an outdoor seating area for the restaurant.

Soon, it will be joined by two additional outparcel buildings featuring BurgerFi, Zoes Kitchen, Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, and Burrito Gallery. There's also space available for three additional tenants along the roadway tying downtown with Riverside. Like Corner Bakery Café, all will feature outdoor seating, bringing a sidewalk café style setting to Riverside Avenue.

Brooklyn Station site plan.

Despite the shopping center featuring a large surface parking lot between the street and Fresh Market, is this enough to promote the establishment of a walkable, pedestrian friendly atmosphere along Riverside Avenue? Take a look.

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