Urban Construction Update - April 2016

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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 April 2016.


34. 348 East Third Street

Take 2 LLC is in the process of renovating a mixed use building at the intersection of 3rd & Walnut. The long abandoned 7,945-square-feet building was built in 1919.

35. Dozier Apartments

Proposed Exterior Elevations

Construction is 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

36. Castle on Klutho Park

Michael Bourre, owner of Bourre Construction Group recently purchased the 106-year-old Drew Mansion, at 245 West Third Street. Bourre plans to renovate the 4,989-square-feet home into a company office and showroom.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/02/20/local-contractor-purchases-historical-drew-mansion.html

37. Main Space

Fashion designer and Jacksonville native Alyssa Key is planning to turn 1101 Main Street into a mix of uses. Uses include the Love Brigade & Crux Collective on the second floor, Southern Roots Filling Station (coffeehouse), Main Space (a multi-use space), and perhaps a beer garden will be on the first floor. Main Space is expected to open summer 2016.

39. Crispy's - 1735 North Main Street

ALthough exterior work has not started, owner John Crispens continues to progress on the interior conversion of 1735 N. Main St. into an Italian-themed restaurant and bar, art gallery and dry cleaning service. Originally, the Akra Bros. department store, the 5,850-square-foot space will feature a 150-seat restaurant that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Crispy's is expected to open in May 2016. Recently Crispy’s was approved by the State for a restaurant license.

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546734

40. 1717 North Main Street

It appears the former Serentea location at 1717 North Main Street is in the process of being renovated for a new tenant.

41. Hubbard Street Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation's $1.5 million project to reconstruct and replace the Newnan/Hubbard Street Bridge over Hogan’s Creek, is underway.

The project includes removing the existing bridge deck while retaining the existing historic architectural walls of the Henry J. Klutho-designed bridge that dates back to 1929. The roadway approaches will also be rebuilt to facilitate the bridge replacement. The project also includes refurbishing existing sidewalks and adding bike lanes. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2016.

For more information: https://myfdotnefl.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/newnanhubbard-street-bridge-resconstruction-project-to-start/

42. Springfield Restorations and New Construction

Every week, it appears that more restoration and residential infill projects are getting underway in Springfield.


43. Interstate 95 Overland Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began January 14, 2013 to replace the series of overpasses that carry traffic over Hendricks, Kings and Montana avenues along 2.3 miles of I-95 near downtown Jacksonville in Duval County. Known as the Overland Bridge project, it will improve traffic flow along the I-95 corridor just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge. I-95 will be widened to provide an additional lane for southbound traffic. As the project is built, traffic will use parallel roadways, which upon completion of the I-95 bridge structures, will remain and provide additional capacity for traffic between the Fuller Warren Bridge and north of Emerson Street. The $227 million project is estimated to be completed in 2016.

For more information: http://www.i95overlandbridge.com/

44. San Marco Station/The Hexagon/La Nopalera

Popular Mexican restaurant La Nopalera plans to relocate from 1629 Hendricks Avenue to San Marco Station in a few months. Work is now underway on the restoration of a building that dates back to days of the City of South Jacksonville, which merged with Jacksonville during the early 1930s. Also, a retail kiosk called "The Hexagon" is being added in the courtyard of San Marco Station for an additional tenant.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/2016-04-19/story/la-nopalera-moving-san-marco

47. Hollingsworth Showroom

Worth Turner recently acquired the former Peterbrooke chocolate factory at 1458 San Marco Boulevard. Turner plans to move the Hollingsworth Showroom into the building's first floor. The Hollingsworth Showroom, features high-end kitchen, bath, tile and lighting and is currently located at 1903 Hendricks Avenue.

50. Towers of Jacksonville

The Retirement Housing Foundation is spending $8.5 million to renovate the Towers of Jacksonville affordable housing complex. Work being performed on the 194 unit apartment building includes the replacement of plumbing, HVAC, wiring, elevators and other infrastructure throughout the 44-year-old building. In addition, each apartment will be modernized with new kitchen cabinets, full-size appliances, new bathrooms, fresh paint and carpeting.

For more information: http://residentnews.net/2015/06/04/owners-spend-millions-give-towers-jacksonville-makeover/

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

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