Dogs and more beer headed downtown

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You can't have a vibrant urban community without accommodating man's best friend. Once completed, these two proposed projects promise to bring a mix of boutique doggy daycare services, a dog park and local craft beer, wine and coffee under the same roof in Downtown Jacksonville. Here's the details.


The first project proposed calls for the redevelopment of an existing one-story, 3,869 square foot building into a Dogtopia dog day care facility.  Established in 2012, Dogtopia is a dog daycare, boarding and spa facility all rolled into one with more than 60 locations in North America.

The Dogtopia project is located in the southernmost portion of the Southbank Downtown Overlay District at 1075 Hendricks Avenue. The project will include renovation and alterations of a building that has been vacant for more than a decade. The building interior will be renovated and occupied by a tenant, Dogtopia, a franchise dog daycare facility with locations throughout the United States and Canada. The hardscape / landscape / streetscape will be renovated by the property owner, Happy Family, LLC. The project includes significant improvements, both inside and outside the building.
Source: Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) January 18, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Tentative plans indicate construction on the project will begin in January 2018. It is also anticipated that construction will be complete by the end of March 2018. Designed by Thomas Duke, AIA, this Dogtopia franchise at 1075 Hendricks Avenue would be the second in the Jacksonville area. Jacksonville's first Dogtopia is located near the Avenues Mall at 9365 Philips Highway.

Dogtopia Conceptual Plans & Renderings

Kanine Social

The second project involves the conversion of a 16,117 square foot former cabinet making factory into a boutique doggy daycare, indoor and outdoor dog park, local craft beer, wine and coffee bar. Located in Brooklyn at 580 College Street, Kanine Social would provide daycare services for a maximum of 30 dogs and is estimated to be a $1.57 million investment.

The subject parcel is flanked by two adjacent parcels on either side owned by FDOT. They are under a lease agreement with the property owners, the applicant, to be utilized. There is one tenant S4 Sports Academy, a youth sports performance training facility currently in the structure using only approximately 3,667 square feet of the northeastern portion of the structure and utilizes the easternmost FDOT vacant parcel for outdoor training and exercise. The applicant proposes to use existing outdoor space on their parcel, as well as, the westernmost FDOT vacant parcel for outdoor dog park area. The dog parks would consist of approximately 7,000 square feet of indoor, climate controlled play area with epoxy flooring designed specifically for indoor dog parks. There will be separate play areas for small dogs and larger dogs with three (3) self-washing bath stations. There would be approximately 7,000 square feet of outdoor play area with an outdoor patio that will have K-9 grass artificial turf. Both dog parks would be off-leash environments. The local craft beer, wine and coffee bar will be an on-leash only environment. There are memberships proposed with discounts for military, police, fire, and other first responders. The applicant proposes the following hours of operation:

Doggy daycare:
Monday – Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm

Craft beer, wine and coffee bar:
Monday – Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
Source: Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) January 18, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Kanine Social Conceptual Plans & Renderings

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Davis is a certified senior planner and graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the author of the award winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” Davis has served with various organizations committed to improving urban communities, including the American Planning Association and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. A 2013 Next City Vanguard, Davis is the co-founder of Metro and — two websites dedicated to promoting fiscally sustainable communities — and Transform Jax, a tactical urbanist group. Contact Ennis at