Urban Construction Update - December 2014

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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.


25. Serenity Tea and Hookah Lounge

Serenity Tea and Hookah Lounge plans to open at 1715 North Main Street. The lounge will offer a variety of foods and desserts, as well as wine, beer, tea and coffee. The shop will also offer free Wi-Fi, live music, entertainment and, of course, a vast array of hookah flavors.

Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/07/29/new-life-coming-to-main-street-with-retail-shop.html

26. 122 West 8th Street

Proposed Exterior Elevations

Land clearing efforts are underway on a 14-unit affordable housing apartment complex at 122 West 8th Street. The proposed multi-family infill project will be developed by Operation New Hope.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-sep-infill-apartment-project-coming-to-springfield

27. Northeast Regional Transportation Management Center

Construction is underway on the Florida Department of Transportation's Northeast Regional Transportation Management Center. The building will be on the campus of state office complex near State and Jefferson Streets.

28. Wing Time

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

29.  1101 Main Street (1st & Main)

The former "The Pearl" night club building at 1st & Main will be renovated into a yoga studio, juice bar, arts and community space.

30. Birdhouse Café

The Birdhouse Café plans to open soon at 1827 N Pearl St. The cafe will offer food, live music, beer and wine.

31. Julius Guinyard Park & Pool

Renovation work is underway on the City of Jacksonville's Julius Guinyard Swimming Pool on Jefferson Street, in the neighborhood formerly known as Sugar Hill. Constructed in 1951, the swimming pool was originally called "Blodgett Homes Pool" and is one of the oldest public pools in the City of Jacksonville. In 2006, the park was renamed after Mr. Julius Guinyard a former City Parks employee.

32. 1735 North Main Street

1735 North Main Street has recently been purchased. The building will be converted into a premier art gallery for local artist.


33. 1665 San Marco Boulevard

Renovations are underway on an office building owned by Jimson Land, Inc. at 1165 San Marco Boulevard.

34. Ronald McDonald House

Site preparation for a 3-story addition at the Ronald McDonald House is underway. Located near Nemours Children's Hospital, the $7.6 million project will add 27,671 square feet and 24 rooms to the existing 30-bedroom facility.

35. Beer:30

Beer:30, a small craft beer store in Riverside, will be opening a new store and tap room in San Marco.The store will be located at 1543 San Marco Blvd. and is expected to open in January.

36. Kitchen of 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. Originally, it was anticipated that the Kitchen on San Marco would open in early January 2014.  Current plans call for a Spring 2015 opening.

Full article: http://jacksonville.com/business/2014-08-21/story/culinary-school-open-san-marco

37. Southside Tennis Courts

The Southside Tennis Court complex on Hendricks Avenue is currently being reconstructed.

38. First Citizens Bank & Trust Company

Construction is underway on a $10 million, 6,000-square foot office for First Citizens Bank & Trust Company on San Marco Boulevard. The location will also serve as the local headquarters for the Raleigh, N.C. bank.

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

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