Urban Construction Update - June 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 June.

Published June 26, 2014 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Parador Parking Garage

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

Construction continues on the Parador parking garage project at the intersection of Bay and Hogan Streets. 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. The garage is expected to be completed by August 2014.

2. JAX Chamber International Plaza

The construction of the JAX Chamber's International Plaza appears to be moving forward again. When this project is completed, the plaza will feature flags from 20 countries whose businesses have a presence in Jacksonville. International Plaza is a part of the JAX Chamber's $2.1 million “Downtown’s New Front Door” redesign, which was initially announced in 2011. The redesign included the renovation of the Chamber's interior, exterior facade and the creation of a new sustainable parking area.

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 Jessie Ball duPont Center continues to move forward. The Jessie Ball duPont Center will be developed within the iconic Haydon Burns Library building that was completed in 1965 and designed by architect Taylor Hardwick. When complete in late 2014/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.

Plans call for the structure's precast concrete fins, glazed brick mural, and mosaic tiles will be repaired and restored as close as possible to their original condition as a part of the $20 million project. 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. It appears that this reconstruction project has come to a standstill over the last few months.

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

6. EverBank Field

A $63 million renovation of EverBank Field is underway. The project will add a fan area with pools and food and beverage service to the north endzone, along with the world's largest video scoreboards.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2013/06/19/jacksonville-jaguars-unveil-63.html?page=all

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 Fall 2014.

8. New York Steam Laundry Building

Proposed Building Façade

Interior demolition on the redevelopment of the New York Steam Laundry Building is underway. 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. Bighouse

The former Poppy Love Smoke space at 112 West Adams Street will become a gallery/live performance venue called Bighouse. Funding issues have temporarily stalled the project.

10. Voodoo Ultra Lounge

Voodoo Ultra Lounge opens at the Jacksonville Landing on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Image courtesy of Voodoo Ultra Lounge.

Voodoo Ultra Lounge is quite distinctive, it offers multiple inviting lounge areas and boasts a very chic "Ultra Lounge" living room space that features personalized bottle service and caters to distinguished guests and VIPs looking for an unparalleled level of service and exclusivity. Guests dance the night away to Hip Hop/Top 40 Remixes/Open Format/EDM & more to cater to everyone's preferred style of music. Our exclusive hookah bar will be open each & every night as well. The extraordinary variety of cocktails offered by Voodoo Ultra Lounge lends itself to serving premium brand name cocktails to add onto the nightlife's social sophistication.


11. Greyhound Bus Station

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, in coordination with Greyhound, plans to construct a new $6 million bus terminal on West Adams Street, near Johnson Street. According to the initial plan, Greyhound would pay $46,000 each year for a 40-year lease on the new building, which would be completed in 2014.  However, Greyhound does not want to open without other transit uses along with them. Thus, construction of the new terminal has been delayed.

For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,20527.0.html

12. Engine 15 Brewing

November 2013 interior image courtesy of Engine 15 Brewing Company at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153553755330438&set=pb.428033335437.-2207520000.1392933661.&type=3&theater;

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.

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

13. 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

14. The Brooklyn Riverside

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

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

15. Shoppes on Riverside

Construction on Regency Center's Shoppes on Riverside continues at 150 Riverside Avenue. Announced tenants in the 49,870 square foot retail center include Fresh Market, Zoes Kitchen, The Hair Cuttery, and Jacksonville's first Corner Bakery Café.  Furthermore, the owners of M Shack have signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant at the shopping center.  The $14.7 million Brooklyn-area retail center is expected to open in Fall 2014.

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

16. Duke's Place Blues Bar & Lounge

Duke's Place Blues Bar & Lounge opens this week at 521 West Forsyth Street.

Image courtesy of Duke's Place.

"It's a Soultry Summer Classic you don't want to miss"!! ... June 28, 2014 downtown Jax will be on fire!!!! Two Concerts...Two Artists (Chantae Cann of India Arie and PJ Morton)... Two venue experiences, two different atmospheres both will have good people, great food & awesome music!! ... opening for PJ Morton is Joy Dennis and opening for Chantae Cann is MJ Baker... If intimate, grown, sexy and cool is the type of vibe you enjoy then #DukesPlace will certainly prove to be the place you'll soon call your home away from home!!

17. Hourglass Pub

A new bar called Hourglass Pub will be coming soon to 345 East Bay Street. The project's contractor is Braughton Construction Inc. A July 13, 2014 opening is planned.


18. 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/

19. 1034 Park Street

A new bar, brought to you by the owners of Wolfgang will be opening at 1034 Park Street in Five Points. Buildout will be completed before the end of the year.

20. 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

21. TAPS Bar & Grill

In September 2013, TAPS Bar & Grill announced 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. However, no construction has taken place in months.

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

22. 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

23. Corrado's Bakery N' Bistro

Corrado's Bakery N' Bistro will be opening soon at 813 Lomax Street, following approval of permitting.

24. Happy Grilled Cheese

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

25. Willowbranch Public Library

Water intrusion repairs are being made to the historic Willow Branch Library at 2875 Park Street.


26. Maple Street Biscuit Company

Jacksonville's popular Maple Street Biscuit Company will be opening in July at 1171 Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2014/06/16/maple-street-biscuit-company-opens-third-location.html

27. KNEAD: A Bakeshop

KNEAD: A Bakeshop will be opening in a 1,662 square foot space at 1173 Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill.

Image courtesy of KNEAD: A Bakeshop.

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

28. Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Riverside's popular Bold Bean Coffee Roasters plans to open a 1,400 square foot roasting facility which will include a small storefront space for weekly cuppings, special events and specialty retail.

29. 948 Edgewood Avenue South

A wine bar is going into the storefront formerly occupied by Flowers by Pat at 948 Edgewood Avenue South.


30. Lampru Apartments

The Lampru Apartments on Boulevard were recently sold and will begin renovations soon.

Image courtesy of Myspringfield.org.

31. The Weekend Cafe

The Weekend Café will be opening soon at 1855 N Main Street (9th & Main).

32. The Jacobs Building

The long vacant Jacobs Building at 115 West 2nd Street is being renovated for multi-family use.

33. 122 West 8th Street

Proposed Exterior Elevations

Construction is underway on a 14-unit affordable housing apartment complex at 122 West 8th Street. The multi-family infill project is being Operation New Hope.

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

34. CDC Corporation

The CDC Corporation is in the process of renovating 1501 North Main Street into their main offices. CDC Corp is a non-profit organization which purchases properties in need of renovation, typically puts $25-$40k into them for builders grade renovations, and sells for fair market value. CDC Corp works all around the NE FL area, and hopes to renovate and sell about 100 houses in 2014.

35. Wing Time

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

36. Sargent Cycle Products

Sargent's Cycle Products is expanding it's business in Springfield. They're located at 1036 Hubbard Street and are a major supplier for custom motorcycle products in North America. Work on a two story space that will more than double their capacity has begun on Hubbard.

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

37. 1310 North Laura Street

This apartment building on Laura Street is being restored.

38. St. Augustine Paper Company - 1636 Main Street

The St. Augustine Paper Company, a unique retailer of it’s own brand of letterpress greeting cards, note cards, tags, party invitations and favors, recently purchased this storefront at 1636 Main Street.

39.  1101 Main Street (1st & Main)

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

40.  252 East 8th Street

This vacant auto repair shop at 8th & Liberty was recently sold and will be used as an art studio.

41. 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.

42. Surfside Furniture Building

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


43. 1670 San Marco Boulevard

Renovation work is underway on this commercial building at 1670 San Marco Boulevard.

44. 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. Originally, it was anticipated that the Kitchen on San Marco would open in early January 2014.  However, renovations for the project appear to have not gotten underway.

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

45. JPMorgan Chase & Company

Construction continues 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.

46. Independent Beauty Professionals

Independent Beauty Professionals (IBP) is opening a salon in a commercial storefront at 1547 San Marco Boulevard.

47. Hendricks Plaza

Rettner Hendricks Realty LLC is investing $300,000 in façade renovations to 1620-1636 Hendricks Avenue. The project is now being referred to as Hendricks Plaza. The development's anchor tenant will be a restaurant.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=541194

48. 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

This article can be found at: https://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-jun-urban-construction-update-june-2014

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