Urban Construction Update - April 2013
A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of April 2013.
Published April 29, 2013 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com
115 West Adams will be transformed into downtown's latest bar, The Volstead. The Volstead will be an "upscale bourbon bar with a 1920s theme".
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
The $3.4 million renovation of the Chamber of Commerce building and property continues.
Might As Well Cafe
The Might As Well Cafe will be opening in this street level retail space at 410 Broad Street. The restaurant will serve French-inspired fare and gourmet sandwiches.
605 New Center Hotel
LaVilla's long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street will be renovated for use by nearby Clara White Mission.
Work continues for a new Family Dollar store at State and Newnan Streets.
Pita Pit is in the process of opening their third Jacksonville area location in the courthouse garage, at Forsyth & Clay Streets. Pita Pit bills itself as “an alternative to fast food restaurants,” offering a large selection of meat and veggie pitas, including Chicken Caesar, Philly Steak, Dagwood, Falafel, Spicy Black Bean, Hummus and more. Pita Pit also offers breakfast pita – available throughout the day – including Sausage Scramble, Ham N’ Eggs, Awakin’ with Bacon and more.
State Attorney's Office
Legislature has given the go ahead on the $26 million reconstruction of the old courthouse as a new home for the State Attorney's Office. Construction is estimated to be completed in Fall 2014.
Construction of 220 Riverside continues. 220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units when complete in 2014.
Riverside Place/Riverside & Jackson
Land clearing and ash removal continues at the site of the proposed Riverside Place/Riverside & Jackson development site. Riverside Place will be a 310-unit apartment complex developed by Pollack Shores Real Estate Group of Atlanta. Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units. Riverside & Jackson will be a 53,000 square foot retail center featuring a grocery store, pharmacy and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development of Atlanta, anticipates construction starting in early August and opening the summer of 2014. Tenants will be announced by the end of June. Combined, the projects are estimated to cost $53 million to construct.
RIVERSIDE/AVONDALE and ST. JOHNS PARK
Bold City Brewery Expansion
Riverside's popular Bold City Brewery is in the process of doubling the size of the their operation. When complete, the five year old brewery will contain 28,000 square feet.
The restoration of Olmstead Gardens and a major parking/landscaping enhancement project continues. The project includes expanding the museum's cafe to include outdoor seating along Riverside Avenue.
Corrado's Bakery Bistro
Corrado's Bakery Bistro will be opening soon at 813 Lomax Street in Five Points.
7-Eleven @ Prado Walk
7-Eleven is in the process of taking over a Riverside Avenue space formerly occupied by the International Grill restaurant.
Goozlepipe & Guttyworks
Construction is now underway on King Street's Goozlepipe and Guttyworks. The estimated value of the project is $1.5 million. Located at 914 King Street, Goozlepipe and Guttyworks will be a Steampunk-themed restaurant and bar.
1012 King Street
1012 King Street was recently acquired by the owner of the nearby Garage, Loft, and Rogue bars. Tenantive plans call for the conversion of this building into a restaurant specializing in hamburgers.
Mellow Mushroom Avondale
Mellow Mushroom has filed plans with the City to develop the Avondale restaurant. The restaurant's Facebook page indicates a June opening.
Pulp Juice Bar
Pulp Juice Bar's long awaited second location on Avondale's St. Johns Avenue is finally moving forward. Building permits were issued in late January.
Metro Diner - Roosevelt Square
Metro Diner will be opening a new location in the former Harry's Restaurant space at Roosevelt Square.
Robert E. Lee High School
Reconstruction continues to progress at Robert E. Lee High School.
Eagle Eye Care
Eagle Eye Care is constructing a new 5,423 square foot facility at 714 Stockton Street.
Ardy's Eatable Delyghts
Ardy's Eatable Delyghts will be opening soon at 1855 North Main Street. Ardy's specializes in an array of signature desserts and eatable sweets.
HomeStar Realty will soon open in this storefront space at 8th & Main.
San Marco Boulevard Streetscape
Construction of the San Marco Square roundabout is now underway as a part of the San Marco Boulevard Streetscape project. when complete, a new greenspace will anchor the popular commercial district.
San Marco Station
Construction is underway on San Marco Train Station project, which will be anchored by Panera Bread.
Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings plans to expand its Hendricks Avenue restaurant into an adjacent 1,500 square foot vacant space.
Mezze Bar & Grill
Work continues on the new Mezze Bar & Grill at 2016 Hendricks Avenue.
First Citizen's Bank
First Citizen's Bank will be expanding with a San Marco branch location at San Marco Boulevard and Cedar Street.
Update by Ennis Davis
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