Urban Construction Update - December 2014

Major construction projects have returned to the landscape of 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 December.

Published December 16, 2014 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Parador Parking Garage

Future retail build-out if the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.

The Parador parking garage project, at the intersection of Bay and Hogan Streets, is finally going vertical. The six-story, $10 million structure will contain 607 parking spaces. Street level retail will be added once the adjacent Suntrust Tower reaches 65% occupancy.

2.Palmetto Place

Construction continues on the addition of assisted living dorms added to Palmetto Place at 450 Palmetto Street.

3. Southbank Riverwalk

Construction on the reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk continues.

For more information: http://www.coj.net/departments/public-affairs/headlines/new-southbank-riverwalk-construction-to-begin.aspx

4. Jessie Ball duPont Center

Construction on the $20 million Jessie Ball duPont Center continues to move forward. When complete in early 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Center will serve as the epicenter for Northeast Florida's philanthropic and nonprofit community. The 120,000 square foot building will act as a hub for local nonprofits, stimulating an environment of collaboration within the sector. Additionally, the four-level facility will include retail, conference/meeting spaces, a green roof, and an outdoor patio/terrace area at the intersection of Ocean and Adams Streets.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-dec-jessie-ball-dupont-center-haydon-burns-renderings

5. 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

6. Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Jimmy John's will expand into a 1,400 space in the Elk's Building at the corner of Adams and Laura Streets. The restaurant is expected to open in January 2015.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/08/21/jimmy-johns-coming-to-the-urban-core.html

7. State Attorney's Office

Work continues 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 early 2015.

8. New York Steam Laundry Building

Proposed Building Façade

Interior demolition on the redevelopment of the New York Steam Laundry Building is complete. L.B. Jax Development, LLC. plans to convert the 11,000 square foot historic structure into restaurant and office space.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-feb-new-york-steam-laundry-development-project-renderings

9. 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 are underway. Described as an "upscale and grown venue", each floor will feature a bar and stage for live music.

10. Super Food & Brew

Buildout is underway at Super Food Truck's new brick & mortar restaurant at the 11 East Forsyth Building. The restaurant is expected to open in Spring 2015.

11. Regions Bank

A renovation project is underway at the Old Bisbee Building. Occupied by Regions Bank and built in 1909, the two-story, 10,280-square-foot historic retail building is located at 51 West Bay Street.

12. 220 Riverside

Construction of the 220 Riverside mixed-use development at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street continues. 220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units overlooking a public space (Unity Plaza) when complete in 2015. In addition, Philadelphia-based award-winning celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga, will open his first venue outside of Philadelphia at 220 Riverside.

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

13. The Brooklyn Riverside

Construction continues on Pollack Shores Real Estate Group's Brooklyn Riverside development. The $24.8 million infill project will consist of 310 apartment units when complete. Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units.

For more information: http://www.pollackshores.com/development/

14. Brooklyn Station

Construction continues on retail outparcels at Brooklyn Station. Future tenants in the $14.7 million 49,870 square foot retail center include Zoes Kitchen, Burrito Gallery, Burger Fi and The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.

For more information: http://www.regencycenters.com/retail-space/fl/jacksonville/shoppes-on-riverside#.UrTqRPRDvxQ

15. Carlson Dental Group

Carlson Dental Group will become a new tenant at EverBank Plaza, located at 501 Riverside Avenue. Carlson will occupy 6,414 square feet of retail space at Riverside Avenue and Edison Avenue.

16. Laura Apartments

Ron Chamblin, owner of the city's largest independent bookstore, is in the process of restoring a three story building at 225 North Laura Street.  When complete, the 100-year-old building will include six apartments above street level retail.

Full article: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-may-downtown-residential-project-underway#.U__RV_ldUYk

17. Urban Grind Coffee Company

The Urban Grind Coffee Company will be opening a second downtown location in the historic Drew Building, at 45 West Bay Street.


18. Droubi's Coffee Shop

Droubi’s Coffee Shop is planned in Riverside at 915 King St. The $30,000, 900 square foot project will be located next to Old School Electric Tattoo.

19. LunchBox (A WAXING Salon)

LunchBox (A WAXING Salon) will be opening in January 2015 in a storefront space at 1661 Riverside on Margaret Street.

20. Alewife

Alewife will move into the former Riverside Liquors and Village Wine Shop and open soon. The 2,574-square-foot bar will offer more than 400 different beers for retail sale as well as a tasting bar consisting of six draft lines of continually rotating American craft beer.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/09/11/400-varieties-take-a-look-inside-the-new-craft.html?ana=e_jac_bn_newsalert&u=OO5cWpGGuwn75EZXmlXdEA0ed04b84&t=1410460746

21. 1037 Park Street

Interior demolition is underway on the former Fuel Coffeehouse, in preparation for a new tenant at 1037 Park Street. The project, which includes the removal of asbestos and lead in the 10,772-square foot structure, is being developed by TBB LLC. Realco Recycling Co., Inc. is the demolition contractor.

22. Happy Grilled Cheese

Happy Grilled Cheese is opening a brick and mortar across the street in the original Cozy Tea space.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php?topic=21591.0

23. Five Points Village

The shell of Riverside's Five Points Village shopping center was completed earlier this summer. Now the center is attracting tenants. M Shack, a popular local burger chain plans to open by the end of the year. Construction is also underway on Kaika Teppanyaki, a high-end Japanese restaurant. Hot Wok, a Chinese restaurant, has signed a lease as well.

For more information: http://members.jacksonville.com/entertainment/food-and-dining/2014-07-14/story/m-shack-expanding-its-burgers-fries-and-shakes

24. 1034 Park Street

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


25. Serenity Tea and Hookah Lounge

Serenity Tea and Hookah Lounge plans to open at 1715 North Main Street. The lounge will offer a variety of foods and desserts, as well as wine, beer, tea and coffee. The shop will also offer free Wi-Fi, live music, entertainment and, of course, a vast array of hookah flavors.

Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/07/29/new-life-coming-to-main-street-with-retail-shop.html

26. 122 West 8th Street

Proposed Exterior Elevations

Land clearing efforts are underway on a 14-unit affordable housing apartment complex at 122 West 8th Street. The proposed multi-family infill project will be developed by Operation New Hope.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-sep-infill-apartment-project-coming-to-springfield

27. Northeast Regional Transportation Management Center

Construction is underway on the Florida Department of Transportation's Northeast Regional Transportation Management Center. The building will be on the campus of state office complex near State and Jefferson Streets.

28. Wing Time

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

29.  1101 Main Street (1st & Main)

The former "The Pearl" night club building at 1st & Main will be renovated into a yoga studio, juice bar, arts and community space.

30. Birdhouse Café

The Birdhouse Café plans to open soon at 1827 N Pearl St. The cafe will offer food, live music, beer and wine.

31. Julius Guinyard Park & Pool

Renovation work is underway on the City of Jacksonville's Julius Guinyard Swimming Pool on Jefferson Street, in the neighborhood formerly known as Sugar Hill. Constructed in 1951, the swimming pool was originally called "Blodgett Homes Pool" and is one of the oldest public pools in the City of Jacksonville. In 2006, the park was renamed after Mr. Julius Guinyard a former City Parks employee.

32. 1735 North Main Street

1735 North Main Street has recently been purchased. The building will be converted into a premier art gallery for local artist.


33. 1665 San Marco Boulevard

Renovations are underway on an office building owned by Jimson Land, Inc. at 1165 San Marco Boulevard.

34. Ronald McDonald House

Site preparation for a 3-story addition at the Ronald McDonald House is underway. Located near Nemours Children's Hospital, the $7.6 million project will add 27,671 square feet and 24 rooms to the existing 30-bedroom facility.

35. Beer:30

Beer:30, a small craft beer store in Riverside, will be opening a new store and tap room in San Marco.The store will be located at 1543 San Marco Blvd. and is expected to open in January.

36. Kitchen of 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. Originally, it was anticipated that the Kitchen on San Marco would open in early January 2014.  Current plans call for a Spring 2015 opening.

Full article: http://jacksonville.com/business/2014-08-21/story/culinary-school-open-san-marco

37. Southside Tennis Courts

The Southside Tennis Court complex on Hendricks Avenue is currently being reconstructed.

38. First Citizens Bank & Trust Company

Construction is underway on a $10 million, 6,000-square foot office for First Citizens Bank & Trust Company on San Marco Boulevard. The location will also serve as the local headquarters for the Raleigh, N.C. bank.

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

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