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 2015.
9. Unity Plaza
Construction continues on the development of Unity Plaza at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street. In addition, work continues on two new restaurants that will overlook the public plaza. Philadelphia-based award-winning celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga, plans to open the 6,650-square-foot Brooklyn Commons in this fall. The space will include a restaurant, private dining, lounge, bar and raw bar as well as terrace dining. The owners of the Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails are expected to open Hobnob in late November 2015.
10. The Brooklyn Riverside
Construction continues on Pollack Shores Real Estate Group's Brooklyn Riverside development. The $24.8 million infill project will consist of 310 apartment units when complete. Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units.
For more information: http://www.pollackshores.com/development/
11. Brooklyn Station
Construction continues on retail tenant buildouts at Brooklyn Station. With Corner Bakery Cafe and Burger Fi now open, future tenants include Zoes Kitchen, Burrito Gallery, and The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.
For more information: http://www.regencycenters.com/retail-space/fl/jacksonville/shoppes-on-riverside#.UrTqRPRDvxQ
12. Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center
Construction is underway on the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transit Center's (JRTC) BRT stations at the Skyway's Convention Center station.
13. Laura Apartments
Ron Chamblin, owner of the city's largest independent bookstore, is in the process of restoring a three story building at 225 North Laura Street. When complete, the 100-year-old building will include six apartments above street level retail.
Full article: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-may-downtown-residential-project-underway#.U__RV_ldUYk
14. Cowford Chophouse
The restoration of the historic Bostwick Building is finally underway. Forking Amazing Restaurants intends to convert the structure into an upscale steakhouse restaurant called the Cowford Chophouse. When complete in summer 2016, the two floor dining establishment will feature a rooftop lounge with spectacular views of the city.
15. Riverside YMCA
More than a year after the groundbreaking ceremony, construction is underway on the new YMCA on Riverside Avenue. The new facility will be 72,000 square feet, about 8,000 square feet bigger than the current one, which was built in the 1950s. Work is expected to take 15 months.
For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/2015-05-05/story/construction-begin-soon-new-ymca-riverside-avenue
16. Johnstone Supply (see Riverside project locator map)
Johnstone Supply is investing $650,000 to renovate 500 Park Street into a new 25,494-square foot showroom for the airconditioning business.
17. Bay Street Bar & Grill
Bay Street Bar & Grill opened this past weekend with a scaled back menu, at 119 East Bay Street. The new eatery is operated by Alva Richcreek, the cook at the former Northstar Pizza. Richcreek is planning a more extensive menu that will include traditional pub fare plus some choices leaning more toward fine dining.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=545880
18. Akel’s Delicatessen
Akel’s Delicatessen will be opening a new restaurant this summer in the Bank of America Tower's long-closed café space at Laura and Forsyth streets. When the $230,000, 2,111-square-foot restaurant is complete, it will have 75 to 100 seats and serve 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=545382