Urban Construction Update - September 2013

A brief look at the status of various projects under construction in and around Downtown Jacksonville during the month of September.

Published September 26, 2013 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Haydon Burns Library

Jessie Ball duPont Fund will spend $20 million renovating Haydon Burns Library into an office building for nonprofit organizations. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund will take up less than 10 percent of the building’s space. The rest will be rented out to other nonprofits, retail services like a coffee shop or converted to public space. The project should be completed by late 2014 or early 2015.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-07-01/story/jessie-ball-dupont-fund-will-spend-20-million-renovating-haydon-burns#ixzz2ZaIvel70

2. Workscapes, Inc.

Workscapes, Inc. is investing $200,000 in the buildout of a 5,500-square-foot storefront at 121 West Forsyth Street.  Based out of Orlando, Workspaces, Inc. is an office furniture dealer.

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

Renovation work appears to be underway at the former location of Poppy Loves Smoke.

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

9. Jacksonville Transportation Authority Office Building

A $2.5 million JTA administrative office building is under construction at the transportation agency's North Myrtle Avenue headquarters.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=539209

10. 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

11. Brooklyn Riverside/Brooklyn Retail

Land clearing and ash removal appears to be complete at the site of the proposed Brooklyn Riverside/Brooklyn Retail site. Brooklyn Riverside 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 Fresh Market grocery store, specialty retail and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development of Atlanta, anticipates construction starting this fall and a Summer 2014 opening. Combined, the projects are estimated to cost $53 million to construct.

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


12. 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/

13. Cummer Museum

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.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-dec-the-cummers-olmsted-garden-restoration-underway

14. Corrado's Bakery Bistro

Signs are still up claiming Corrado's Bakery Bistro will be opening soon at 813 Lomax Street in Five Points.

15. Firehouse Subs

The Five Guys Burgers and Fries location and 1620 Oak Street will close by the end of September.  Once this takes place, Firehouse Subs will move forward on their plans to relocate to the space.  

16. Pure Barre Riverside

Pure Barre plans to open their second Jacksonville area location in a street level retail space at 1661 Riverside. Pure Barre offers group fitness classes geared toward women and focused on strength and stretching exercises inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/08/16/pure-barre-to-open-fitness-studio-in.html?page=all

17. Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is planning to open their second location in Five Points by the fall. Hawkers will be taking over storefronts once occupied by Downtown Divas and a jewelry store.

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

18. Five Points Village Shopping Center

The reconstruction of the fire damaged Five Points Village shopping center at 1012 Margaret St is now underway. 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.

19. 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

20. Motion Sweets Catering Company

Specializing in pies, cakes, cookies and cupcakes, Motion Sweets Catering Company will be opening at 1020 Park Street.

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

21. 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

22. 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

23. 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

24. Lydia Street Residential Infill Development

Attracted by the revitalization of the Park & King District, Springfield Builders plans to construct 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

25. Mellow Mushroom

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

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

26. 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.

27. Eagle Eye Care

Eagle Eye Care is constructing a new 5,423 square foot facility at 714 Stockton Street.


28. 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.

1171 Grill, said to be "an American grill restaurant with a good beer selection" will be coming to the 4,400-square-foot restaurant space in the building.  1171 Grill will also offer gluten-free and vegan options. Riverside's popular Bold Bean Coffee also has plans to open a 1,400 square foot roasting facility in the building and 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


29. Red Fin Group

Red Fin Group, a web design, branding, and marketing firm founded in 2006, will relocate from Mandarin to East 10th Street.

For more information: http://www.myspringfield.org/business-development/a-creative-space-red-fin-group-in-springfield

30. 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

31. Wing Time

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


32. 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

33. 2006 San Marco Boulevard

A women's clothing and accessory boutique shop will be opening soon at 2006 San Marco Boulevard.

34. Taverna

A building permit was recently issued for the 1,500 square foot expansion of San Marco Square's Taverna restaurant.  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

35. 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 be constructed between the structures.

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

Update by Ennis Davis

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

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