Urban Construction Update - November 2013

Several new infill and adaptive reuse projects are underway throughout 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 November.

Published November 25, 2013 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Furchgott's Building

The vacant Furchgott's Department Store building at Adams and Hogan Streets is in the midst of receiving a long overdue exterior paint job.

2. Workscapes, Inc.

Office furniture dealer Workscapes, Inc. has completed their $200,000 buildout of a 5,500-square-foot storefront at 121 West Forsyth Street.  

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/2013/06/workscapes-inc-building-out-downtown.html

3. The Volstead

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".

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2013/03/new-bar-filling-vacant-space-downtown.html

4. 112 East Adams Street

The 112 East Adams Street is being renovated into a multimedia gallery/performance space called BiGHOUSE.

5. JPMorgan Chase & Company

JPMorgan Chase & Company plans to open a downtown Jacksonville bank branch in the Life of South building at the intersection of Laura and Bay Streets.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-nov-chase-bank-coming-to-downtown

6. Downtown Cigar Lounge

The Downtown Cigar Lounge plans to open in early 2014 at 11 North Ocean Street. A $60,000 humidor, made of Spanish cedar, will be located on the second floor.  The first floor of the building will become a "chic cigar lounge".


7. The Corner Diner

The Corner Diner recently opened at 100 East Forsyth Street. The space had been occupied by the Brazilian Corner Cafe.

8. Levels

Former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles Jr. plans to convert 323-325 East Bay Street into a three-story restaurant called Levels. Coles describes it as an "upscale and grown venue." Each floor will feature a bar and stage for live music. Construction should start in a few weeks with March 2014 as the anticipated opening date.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=541124

9. 343-345 East Bay Street

A new tenant appears to be coming to 343-345 East Bay Street. The space had previously been occupied by What's Good Jacksonville.

10. Mingle City Cafe

Permits have been issued for the addition of handicapped restrooms at 119 Adams Street. The work is being done for a restaurant called Mingle City Cafe.

11. Avocados The Natural Choice

A new restaurant called Avocados, recently opened at 311 W. Ashley Street. According to their website, Avocados strives to serve the most natural, whole foods available by purchasing their produce, meats and cheeses from local fresh food producers; insuring the highest quality meals and helping to maintain localized economic growth.

For more information: http://www.avocadosjax.com/

12. Might As Well Cafe

The Might As Well Cafe is anticipated to move into this street level retail space at 410 Broad Street.  The restaurant will serve French-inspired fare and gourmet sandwiches.  However, construction of the cafe and additional office/retail space in the historic building continues to be delayed by permitting issues surrounding the historic structure.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/2013/01/new-lavilla-restaurant-will-aim-for.html

13. Beaver Street Villas

LaVilla's long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street is being renovated by nearby Clara White Mission into street level offices and 16 upper level apartment units.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-jul-more-downtown-mixed-use-beaver-street-villas

14. Gus and Company Shoe Repair & Luggage Shoppe

Gus and Company Shoe Repair & Luggage Shoppe is in the process of relocating from 225 North Laura Street to a new storefront at 228 West Adams Street.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/downtowntoday.php?dt_date=2013-07-18

15. State Attorney's Office

Work is underway 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.

16. Greyhound Bus Station

Site work appears to be underway the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center's Greyhound bus terminal at the intersection of West Adams and Johnson Streets. The $5 million intercity bus terminal is being constructed by Core Construction Company. The one year construction project is being funded by Federal Administration grants.

17. Engine 15 Brewing

Engine 15 Brewing recently purchased two historic warehouses at 601 and 633 Myrtle Avenue for a new brewery, tap room, outdoor beer garden and cannery. The new brewery will increase Engine 15's annual production from 1,000 barrels to 10,000 barrels. The brewery is expected to open in three months.

For more information: http://engine15.com/

18. 220 Riverside

Construction of 220 Riverside continues.  220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units when complete in 2014.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/220Riverside

19. Brooklyn Riverside/Brooklyn Retail

Pollack Shores Real Estate Group of Atlanta has applied for building permits for the $24.8 million Brooklyn Riverside project. Brooklyn Riverside will be a 310-unit apartment complex.  Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units. The retail portion, currently known as Riverside & Jackson, will be a 53,000 square foot retail center featuring a Fresh Market grocery store, specialty retail and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development of Atlanta, anticipates a Summer 2014 opening. Site work appears to be underway.  Combined, the projects are estimated to cost $53 million to construct.

For more information: http://fuquadevelopment.com/projects/ and http://www.pollackshores.com/development/


20. 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 30,000 square feet.

Fortunately, we’re able to stay in the area we love by expanding into an additional 14,000 square feet directly behind our existing building. All of the brewing, cellaring and packaging operations will be moving into the new building which will give us a total of 30,000 square feet, which is a lot of room for additional tanks and packaging equipment to be setup. I’ll pass along more information and updates in the coming weeks.

For more information: http://beerpulse.com/2013/03/bold-city-brewery-to-expand-into-30k-square-foot-facility/

21. Corner Taco

Corner Taco will be the latest local food truck to open a brick-and-mortar space. Corner Taco has signed a 10-year lease to occupy the Gina's Deli space at 818 Post Street in Five Points.  The new venue is anticipated to open in early 2014.

For more information: http://www.cornertaco.com/

22. 1034 Park Street

The former Caribbean Connections space at 1034 Park Street is in the process of being converted into a bar.

23. Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs will be opening soon at 1620 Oak Street. The space was previously occupied by Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

24. Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is planning to open their second location in Five Points in early 2014. Hawkers will be taking over storefronts once occupied by Downtown Divas and a jewelry store. When complete, the restaurant will feature an outdoor dining area near the intersection of Park and Post Streets.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/hawkersstreetfare

25. Five Points Village Shopping Center

The reconstruction of the fire damaged Five Points Village shopping center at 1012 Margaret Street continues. When complete, the strip center will consist of 17,287-square-foot retail building on 1.29 acres between Forest and Post streets. Retail Properties Inc. is the developer. Peter Sleiman is the president of Retail Properties.

26. Sun Ray Cinema Expansion

Five Points' Sun Ray Cinema is taking over a former gift shop space, just north of their main Park Street entrance, and adding small 45 seat second screen. A preliminary rendering of the expansion is shown below.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/movies/2013-08-15/story/riversides-eclectic-sun-ray-cinema-expand-second-auditorium

27. Silver Cow

The Silver Cow will be grazing soon at 1506 King Street. The watering hole will feature fine wine, craft beers, and ruminations.

For more information: http://silvercowjax.com/

28. 7-Eleven Five Points

Construction on a new 2,532-square-foot 7-Eleven convenience store is underway at Margaret and Post streets.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=539686

29. Goozlepipe & Guttyworks

Construction continues 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.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/node/559379

30. TAPS Bar & Grill

TAPS Bar & Grill plans to open a new location on the corner of Park and Dancy Streets in Avondale.  According to the Florida Times-Union, Taps offers more than 50 beers on tap, including brews from Intuition Ale Works, Green Room Brewing and Bold City Brewery, plus a rotating selection of beers as well.

From the kitchen, Taps offers a large selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos and entrees, ranging from Southern Style Fried Chicken to Bourbon Street Jambalaya to a 12-ounce Prime Rib.

For more information: http://mayportmirror.jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/423471/gary-mills/2013-09-18/upon-closing-avondale-bar-wont-stay-empty-long-owner-says

31. Lydia Street Residential Infill Development

Attracted by the revitalization of the Park & King District, Springfield Builders are in the process of constructing seven single family homes on a two acre lot on Lydia Street.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/05/31/infill-housing-development-under-way.html

32. Mellow Mushroom

The construction of a new Mellow Mushroom restaurant, at 3601 St. Johns Avenue in Avondale continues.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/food-and-dining/2013-06-28/story/dining-notes-construction-nears-mellow-mushroom

33. Pulp Juice Bar

Pulp Juice Bar's long awaited second location on Avondale's St. Johns Avenue is slowly moving forward. Building permits were issued in late January.


34. 1171 Edgewood Avenue

A group of investors led by Pine Street/RPS LLC recently acquired 1171 Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill's First Block. Plans call for several businesses to move into the vacant building.

The largest tenant, 1171 Grill, said to be "an American grill restaurant with a good beer selection" is now open.  1171 Grill also offers gluten-free and vegan options. In addition, Riverside's popular Bold Bean Coffee plans to open a 1,400 square foot roasting facility in the building, which will include a small storefront space for weekly cuppings, special events and specialty retail. A third space, is proposed to become a 1,700 square foot restaurant.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/08/28/restaurant-coffee-group-coming-to.html


35. 1221-1237 North Liberty Street

TerraWise Homes is building eco-friendly, “net zero” homes at 1221-1237 North Liberty Street.
There are more new single family homes under construction now in Springfield than any time since the housing market crash.

For more information: http://www.myspringfield.org/business-development/under-construction-summer-2013

36. Wing Time

217 W. 8th St (former Caribbean Stone) is being remodeled into Wing Time, which is a local chain.

37. 2402 North Main Street

The Quad City Sound & Car Accessories building at 2402 North Main Street is being reconfigured to face Main Street.


38. The Kitchen on San Marco

Education Corporation of America, which owns Virginia College, plans to open a fully staffed teaching restaurant in the Southeast in the former Oral Explosions building at 1402 San Marco Boulevard. Students at Culinard, The Culinary Institute of Virginia College, will train at the Kitchen on San Marco, which will feature local and regional foods and employ a professional staff of about 40 people.  It is anticipated that the Kitchen on San Marco will open in early January 2014.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=540365

39. JPMorgan Chase & Company

Construction is underway on the development of a 5,320-square-foot Chase Bank at 1515 Atlantic Blvd., between Hendricks and Thacker Avenues. SM Ventures Inc. is the property owner and Boos Development Group of Clearwater is the developer.

40. Taverna

The 1,500 square foot expansion of San Marco Square's Taverna restaurant is now underway.  The $250,000 buildout will expand the restaurant into a space formerly occupied by Mimi's Antiques.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/08/23/taverna-expansion-moves-forward.html

41. San Marco Station

Construction continues on San Marco Train Station project at 1440 Hendricks Avenue. The Ed Ash development will include a new 4,000 square foot building occupied by Panera Bread and the restoration of a 1915 City of South Jacksonville waterworks building into retail/dining space. A large courtyard for outdoor seating and entertainment will connect the structures.

For more information: http://www.ashcoinc.net/sanmarco.htm

42. Veloce Pizzeria

Veloce Pizzeria Napoletana plans to open at 1406 Hendricks Avenue, at the Nira Street intersection. A description of the restaurant is provided on their facebook site:

We are passionate about our causes: living life in all its chaotic glory and creating savory pizza. At Veloce, pizza is not just a delectable food; it is an art form. We put our hearts into every intricate step of the Veloce process to ensure that each pizza is a masterpiece. We live for Napoletana and dedicate ourselves to honoring the pizza of Old Italy. Authentic Neapolitan pizza is a culinary experience that will delight the senses. Made with ingredients freshly imported from Italy, we redefine fresh and original with each bite. The principal element used, San Felice flour, is grinded by expert millers in Naples. The Buffala Mozzarella cheese is made with milk from water buffalos raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio. The San Marzano tomatoes are vine ripened on the volcanic plains below Mount Vesuvius.

Once we arrange each piece of Italy onto a canvas of soft dough, the pizza enters our Artisan Veloce Wood Ovens where it is finished in 60 seconds. Our ovens, hand-built by 5th generation Italian artisans and constructed with volcanic rock from Mt. Vesuvius, heat to 1000 degrees and rapidly bake our pizzas to perfection. Serving fresh pies with gourmet flair, freshly imported ingredients, and an expeditious fashion differentiates Veloce from the average pizza place. The community and family-oriented environment will bring customers together as they are instantly transported to a real Italian dinner table.

Experience pizza the way it was intended, the Veloce way.

For more information: http://www.velocepizza.com/

43. AT&T Building

An asbestos removal project is underway at the AT&T building near San Marco Square.

44. 1917 Hendricks Avenue

LCTurner LLC has plans to demolish a residential structure at 1917 Hendricks Avenue. It will be replaced with a two-story, 4,480-square-foot commercial building featuring offices above retail.

Development update by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

This article can be found at: https://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-nov-urban-construction-update-november-2013

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