The metamorphosis of Avondale's St. Johns Village

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The redevelopment of Avondale's Commander Apartments and St. Johns Village shopping center appears to be finally moving forward after a decade of starts and stops. Here's a brief summary the project's eleven year metamorphosis and a collection of the latest renderings.


The 15-story, 90-unit Commander Apartments tower is built along Fishweir Creek.


According to the Duval County Property Appraiser, the St. Johns Village shopping center is built at 4000 St. Johns Avenue. Overlooking Fishweir Creek, the two-story center contains a total of 51,455 square feet of retail and office space.

Existing Site Plan


The initial proposal to redevelop the St. Johns Village shopping center and adjacent 16-story Commander Apartments tower originated in 2005. That proposal called for the demolition of both properties for the infill development of a 21-story, 216 unit condominium tower and 20,000 square feet of retail.

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