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Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« on: August 06, 2015, 12:23:21 PM »
Looks like another big apartment complex is being planned for Downtown's southbank!

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300 riverfront apartments planned for old Crawdaddy's Restaurant site on Southbank
Thursday, August 6, 11:49 AM EDT
By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

By early 2018, the former Crawdaddy’s Restaurant site on the Downtown Southbank could be transformed into a 300-unit luxury apartment community called the Broadstone River House.
John Zeledon, North Florida managing director for Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co., said Tuesday the waterfront property is under contract with the site’s Miami-based ownership, which is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws.

“We love the Southbank and I am really encouraged by the attention and the investment the city has put into the Riverwalk itself,” Zeledon said.

The 3-acre site sits along the recently redeveloped Southbank Riverwalk between the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk and the Duval County School Board headquarters.

Alliance Residential representatives have met with Downtown Investment Authority staff about the project.

However, Tim Graff, vice president of development, said the group isn’t necessarily seeking taxpayer incentives. Alliance Residential is asking DIA to help expedite entitlements to start the project sooner rather than later.

Alliance Residential would like to start development early next year and complete the project within two years.

While there are no renderings yet, the project is envisioned as a five- to six-story structure of 250 to 300 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. A parking structure is planned.

Zeledon said Broadstone River House would be similar in concept to Alliance Residential’s recently opened Broadstone Hyde Park in Tampa, an “urban-modern community” of 259 apartments with nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and wood flooring.

The community areas outside include a pool, courtyard, fire pit and game areas. Inside amenities include a social clubroom and billiards lounge, and a health club that features a yoga studio, a spin studio and top-grade fitness equipment.

Zeledon said Broadstone River House’s rental structure would be in line with those at 220 Riverside, a new apartment community on the Northbank in the Brooklyn area.

Monthly rental rates there range from $1,100 for a studio up to $2,000 for the largest two-bedroom unit. It doesn’t offer three-bedroom units.

Graff had no estimate yet of the development costs.

Broadstone Hyde Park is similar to the proposed River House in that both are urban-infill projects with a surrounding retail base of upscale restaurants and stores, such as San Marco in Jacksonville. And it’s walkable.

According to Graff, the company was encouraged by the growth into the Southbank, such as the buildup of more stores and restaurants.

The area also features the high-rise Strand and Peninsula residential towers.

The group is working with Dwell Design Studio of Alpharetta, Ga., which designed the new Brooklyn Riverside apartments, although Broadstone River House won’t be as colorful. The River House will be more reflective of the riverfront.

Alliance Residential Co. is one of the largest private apartment developers in the country with several Florida properties. It develops under the Broadstone banner and already operates the Broadstone Beach House apartments in Jacksonville Beach.

DIA CEO Aundra Wallace said his staff met with Alliance representatives last week in what he characterized as part of the company’s due diligence.

Alliance Residential has contracted to buy part of 10.85 acres around the Lexington Hotel.

Coral Springs-based Vantage Hospitality Group bought the former Wyndham hotel property in June and converted it to its Lexington brand.

The surrounding property was separately owned and has been tied up in the bankruptcy reorganization of its owner, Riverwalk Jacksonville Development LLC of Miami.

The disclosure statement filed with an amended bankruptcy reorganization plan in July states that Alliance Realty Partners LLC, an affiliate of Alliance Residential Co., has contracted with Riverwalk Jacksonville Development to buy part of the property for $6.5 million.

Alliance wants to buy the eastern portion of the east parking lot and also what is called the Prudential Parcel, the waterfront site formerly occupied by Crawdaddy’s Restaurant.

Crawdaddy’s, a 12,000-square-foot building whose exterior featured rusted tin and distressed wood to resemble a fishing shack, was built in 1982-83. Chickens roamed the property. It closed in 2002 and the structure was demolished in 2004.

The Riverwalk Jacksonville Development disclosure statement says the property sale won’t be completed until all governmental approvals, including site plan approval, are obtained in connection with the development of the Alliance site into a 255-unit residential complex.

The closing date is anticipated by April, according to the statement. The reorganization petition was filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Florida Miami Division.

“Meeting this early on, they are coming in and trying to understand our redevelopment plan, what is the permitting process, what incentives are out there and trying to discuss the entitlement process,” Wallace said.

He welcomes the conversation.

“No. 1, one of the highest priorities in our plan is residential, so from that standpoint, residential is something we need more of,” Wallace said.

He said beyond that, it’s early and he needs to know more about the group’s proposal and timeline.

The DIA Downtown Conceptual 2025 Redevelopment Master Plan shows the Southbank as an area targeted for multifamily residential, fine-dining restaurants, office and community-oriented retail, active uses along the waterfront, a pedestrian link to Riverplace Boulevard and the Southbank Riverwalk, and public access to the waterfront.

The independent authority’s second of seven goals is to increase rental and owner-occupied housing Downtown, targeting key demographic groups seeking a more urban lifestyle.

An objective under that goal is to actively pursue a minimum of 3,850 built and occupied multifamily units by 2025, striving “to induce” construction of 350 a year.

Alliance Residential’s website says it has 34 regional offices nationwide and is an active buyer, builder and manager across 19 states and 29 metropolitan markets.

Over the past 15 years, Alliance says it has become one of the largest private apartment owners and the ninth largest management company in the nation, with a $9 billion-plus portfolio of 81,000 units.

It says its “luxury apartment homes feature thoughtful details and lifestyle conveniences in a variety of premier living destinations” in markets that include Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin and Washington D.C.

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2015, 12:33:16 PM »
I was about to post this. Anyway they seem pretty serious. Combined with Healthytown, these two projects could win more attention from DIA than the others. Developer called the property walkable, which is tenuous imo, but if designed and integrated properly I think we could eventually see that.

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2015, 12:55:07 PM »
300 units in 5 or 6 stories?  Sounds "suburban ".

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2015, 01:01:17 PM »
300 units in 5 or 6 stories?  Sounds "suburban ".
It sounds like it'll be pretty similar in scale to the Brooklyn Riverside apartments, which is somewhere around 300 units in 4 stories, from what I recall.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2015, 01:18:33 PM »
If they build this, I hope they do a better job of keeping it up AFTER they build it than they are doing with their Beach House apartments in Jax Beach.  When that went up, it was drop-dead gorgeous (for an apartment complex); a nice gated complex, with good looking buildings and nice grounds.  When my wife and I drove through there last month, it was downright scary looking!  The gate to enter was broken (which seems to be a perpetual issue), the grounds look like they haven't been maintained in those five years (trees and plants overgrown, hanging over fences, covering windows, etc.)   It just looked terrible, and we couldn't drive out of there quickly enough.

I know there is always great scrutiny on this forum about developers who propose to do great and marvelous things, especially in the downtown area; I hope that the DIA looks closely at this group before they start doing all of their work behind the scenes.

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2015, 01:23:21 PM »
Just from the attached article is sounds like the potential development of the southbank area east of the charthouse will be similar to what is currently happening in the Brooklyn area (220 and Brooklyn vs broadstone and healthytown).  If two large housing developments go up, retail / office space should follow.  This sounds like good news to me

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2015, 01:35:14 PM »
It will be great to see another parking lot disappear.

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Zeledon said Broadstone River House would be similar in concept to Alliance Residential’s recently opened Broadstone Hyde Park in Tampa, an “urban-modern community” of 259 apartments with nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens and wood flooring.

Broadstone Hyde Park

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2015, 01:38:55 PM »
^ those look great. exciting news. Will get more excited when shovel meets ground.

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2015, 01:56:18 PM »
Sounds like the Brooklyn projects are starting to give other developers and financiers confidence in projects near Downtown Jacksonville again. That's definitely good news.
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2015, 02:03:54 PM »
^Yes, indeed.
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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2015, 02:05:19 PM »
Awesome news.  The only thing better would be if EAST SAN MARCO WOULD FINALLY BUILD :o :o

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2015, 02:31:46 PM »
Count me as excited.  My suburban house is up for sale and I will be moving urban Jax as soon as possible.  I know these won't be ready in time for me but looking forward to it anyhow.
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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2015, 02:51:33 PM »
Good news for us, since we just bought a house in 32205... (in other news)

http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/08/06/jacksonvilles-fastest-growing-residential-real.html

I was at Fresh Market today and it was hard finding a spot.  Some of the clerks said these places are filling quite fast and they are having trouble keeping up with all the new demand. 

Good news no matter how you look at it. 

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2015, 04:58:46 PM »
ya, this is really great news! Hopefully all these announcements lead to even more investment and infill in the core. Some positive momentum but still a long way to go.

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Re: Southbank Broadstone River House Apartments
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2015, 05:04:28 PM »
So, as more of these Brooklyn Riverside style lofts are built can we expect the rent remain at $1000+ for a 1 Bedroom?