Urban Construction Update - January 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 January 2016.

6. Hobnob Restaurant and Brixx Wood Pizza

Hobnob Restaurant and Brixx Wood Pizza will be opening soon at 220 Riverside.

Hobnob Restaurant

[ quote ]Getting the restaurant scene there requires bringing diversity to the table, Cottrill and Earnest said. Although they’re bringing pieces of Candy Apple to Hobnob — such as head chef Jamey Evoniuk — their focus will be different. It’s a place that will have “global inspirations with global intentions,” according to Earnest.

The restaurant is moving away from the industry trend of local-only ingredients, and pulling in international influences, with dishes like chili garlic salmon.
“There’s been a movement to use local-only products. As an example, if lobster isn’t available locally, then we shouldn’t serve lobster,” Cottrill said.

Their broader focus doesn’t mean they will disregard local ingredients, but rather try to do something different from many other restaurants in the area. “We will be continuing the path of some folks here, but with our own twist,” Cottrill said. “We’ll have a fun environment with a little more presentation and experiential space.”[ quote ]

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/08/07/hobnob-aims-to-bring-global-focus-local-impact-to.html

Brixx Wood Pizza

North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Pizza will be opening their first Florida location at 220 Riverside.

[ quote ]The concept will include 3,714 square feet inside with a 1,400-square-foot outdoor patio. The location will feature wood fired pizzas, salads, pasta and sandwiches alongside a wide range of dietary options from vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free. Founders of the concept believe “everyone should be able to enjoy a night out for pizza!” Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is known for its high-quality menu paired with wine and craft beer in a casual but upscale atmosphere. Juna Partners, LLC is the franchisee and Lora Ramsey is the principal representing Florida’s first Brixx location.[ quote ]

For more information: http://advantagebizmag.com/blog/2015/11/03/franklin-street-brings-brixx-wood-fired-pizza-to-florida/

7. Jacksonville Public Library

Exterior renovations continue to move forward on downtown's Jacksonville Public Library.

8. Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center

Construction continues on bus platform improvements at JTA's future Jacksonville Regional Transit Center (JRTC). Platforms for the JTA Flyer bus rapid transit system and local buses are being added around the Skyway's existing convention center station.

9. 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

10. Cowford Chophouse

The restoration of the historic Bostwick Building continues to move forward. 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.

11. Riverside YMCA

Construction continues 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

12. Elena Flats

Jack Meeks and his wife, JoAnn Tredennick, recently purchased the Elena Flats building at 122 E. Duval St. Work is underway to convert the former rooming house into four market-rate apartment units. Barring unforeseen complications, the apartments should be ready for rent in early 2017.

13. Element Bistro+Bar+Lounge/Myths

Nightlife Innovations, LLC. has entered into a five year lease agreement with Liberty Bay, Inc. to take over the old Club TSI location at 333 East Bay Street. Plans are underway on the opening a new mixed-use nightlife venue. Specializing in craft cocktails, Element Bistro+Bar+Lounge, will be located in the front of the building. The rear will be converted into a nightclub and live music venue called Myths.

14. Intuition Ale Works/Manifest Distilling

The 36,000-square foot warehouse at 929 East Bay Street is being converted into a new brewery and distillery. Intuition Ale Works will occupy roughly 60% of the structure. Manifest Distilling will occupy the structure's remaining space. Intuition Ale Works is anticipated to open its new location in summer 2016. Manifest will open in spring 2016.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/11/06/new-distillery-to-open-in-downtown-jacksonville.html

15. Jax Vision Care

Jax Vision Care is in the process of relocating to a 3,000-square foot street level space in the Levy Building. Plans for the space include a doctor's office, three exam rooms, testing, a lab and a large waiting and display area. The new optometry practice will be located at 201 North Hogan Street.

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