Urban Construction Update - August 2015
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 August 2015.
Published August 27, 2015 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com
1. Spliff's Gastropub
Spliff’s Gastropub, a comfort-food inspired restaurant and bar, is set to open this fall at 15 N. Ocean St.
The 35-seat, 1,200-square-foot restaurant will offer bold flavors to the Downtown dining landscape. With a commitment to quality, Spliff’s Gastropub has partnered with Chef Daniel Johnson from San Diego, to help design and execute the menu. The classically trained chef will offer a new variation on Southern comfort food. Some of the unique offerings include a house mac-n-cheese with more than 20 flavors, baked chicken wings and a West Coast style tri-tip roast beef. The menu aims to have a little something for everyone. The bar will feature a wall of rotating taps of craft and local beers as well as a robust mix of international wines and sakes.
In addition to dining in and takeout, Spliff’s Gastropub will be available for private events and catering. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday 11a.m.-2a.m., Friday 11a.m.-3a.m., & Saturday 6p.m.-3a.m.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,24875.0.html
2.JTA Flyer Downtown Bus Rapid Transit Corridor
Broad and Jefferson Streets, between West Bay and State Streets, are being reconstructed as a part of the JTA Flyer Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. When complete, the corridor will include dedicated bus lanes for new high frequency bus routes (10-15 minute headways) connecting downtown with The Avenues, Regency Square, Orange Park Mall, and the Walmart at Lem Turner and I-295.
3. 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
4. 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
Former New York Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles Jr.'s 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.
6. Sweet Pete's Expansion
CNBC's "The Profit" Marcus Lemonis has two buildings under contract for the expansion of Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails.The buildings include the former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta at 424 North Hogan St.and Farah's Uptown Deli at 502 North Hogan St. Sweet Pete's plans to renovate and utilize the structures for classroom, retail, and private event space for Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple Café. Renovations are anticipated to begin immediately following the closing of the purchase agreements.
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/05/09/lemonis-makes-verbal-agreement-for-downtown.html
7. Unity Plaza Hotel Site
NAI Hallmark Partner's demolition of an existing building at the intersection of Magnolia and Forest Streets continues. A $23 million, 150-room wellness-focused hotel has been proposed for this site.
8. Upstairs at Da Real Ting
Upstairs at Da Real Ting is coming soon to 128-2 West Adams Street.
9. Unity Plaza
Construction continues on the development of Unity Plaza at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street. In addition, work continues on two new restaurants that will overlook the public plaza. Philadelphia-based award-winning celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga, plans to open the 6,650-square-foot Brooklyn Commons in this fall. The space will include a restaurant, private dining, lounge, bar and raw bar as well as terrace dining. The owners of the Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails are expected to open Hobnob in late November 2015.
10. 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/
11. Brooklyn Station
Construction continues on retail tenant buildouts at Brooklyn Station. With Corner Bakery Cafe and Burger Fi now open, future tenants include Zoes Kitchen, Burrito Gallery, and The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.
For more information: http://www.regencycenters.com/retail-space/fl/jacksonville/shoppes-on-riverside#.UrTqRPRDvxQ
12. Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center
Construction is underway on the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transit Center's (JRTC) BRT stations at the Skyway's Convention Center station.
13. 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
14. Cowford Chophouse
The restoration of the historic Bostwick Building is finally underway. Forking Amazing Restaurants intends to convert the structure into an upscale steakhouse restaurant called the Cowford Chophouse. When complete in summer 2016, the two floor dining establishment will feature a rooftop lounge with spectacular views of the city.
15. Riverside YMCA
More than a year after the groundbreaking ceremony, construction is underway on the new YMCA on Riverside Avenue. The new facility will be 72,000 square feet, about 8,000 square feet bigger than the current one, which was built in the 1950s. Work is expected to take 15 months.
For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/2015-05-05/story/construction-begin-soon-new-ymca-riverside-avenue
16. Johnstone Supply (see Riverside project locator map)
Johnstone Supply is investing $650,000 to renovate 500 Park Street into a new 25,494-square foot showroom for the airconditioning business.
17. Bay Street Bar & Grill
Bay Street Bar & Grill opened this past weekend with a scaled back menu, at 119 East Bay Street. The new eatery is operated by Alva Richcreek, the cook at the former Northstar Pizza. Richcreek is planning a more extensive menu that will include traditional pub fare plus some choices leaning more toward fine dining.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=545880
18. Akel’s Delicatessen
Akel’s Delicatessen will be opening a new restaurant this summer in the Bank of America Tower's long-closed café space at Laura and Forsyth streets. When the $230,000, 2,111-square-foot restaurant is complete, it will have 75 to 100 seats and serve 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=545382
19. Bakery Ribault
Riverside's Bakery Ribault is in the process of moving to 813 Lomax Street in Five Points. The new retail location is expected to open this Summer.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bakery-Ribault/213526855354142
20. Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House
Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House will be investing $1 million to build-out a new restaurant and bar in Five Points at 1037 Park Street. The new restaurant is expected to open in spring 2016.
For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/2015-08-25/story/hoptinger-open-five-points
21. IL DESCO
IL DESCO will replace Pele’s Wood Fire at the intersection of Park and King Streets. IL DESCO will serve simple Italian cuisine with a light and fun atmosphere. The menu will consist of lighter portion options, house-made pastas, and will maintain a large selection of crisp wood fired pizzas. IL DESCO will also feature a full raw bar with oysters and seasonal seafood selections. IL DESCO plans to open in September 2015.
For more information: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2015-jun-peles-on-king-street-becomes-il-desco
22. Timoti's Seafood Shak
Timoti's Seafood Shak is planning to open a new restaurant at 1018 Park Street in Five Points. Known for their fish tacos, lobster rolls, local and wild caught seafood, Timoti's operates a popular restaurant in Fernandina Beach's historic district.
For more information: http://www.timotis.com/
23. Bearded Buffalo Brewing Company
Scott McAlister has started interior work on the Bearded Buffalo Brewing Company on King Street. When complete, the entertainment venue will offer craft beer, a broad liquor selection, food, bowling and more. The 99-seat restaurant/bar will be located at 1012 King St. between Burger King and Panda House.
24. 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
25. 1034 Park Street
The former Caribbean Connections space at 1034 Park Street is in the process of being converted into a bar.
26. Alexander DeGance Barnett, PA
Construction continues on a new 10,000-square-foot law office for Alexander DeGance Barnett at 1500 Riverside Avenue.
For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=542645
27. Southern Kitchen and Spirits
3638 Park Street was recently demolished by JPM Avondale LLC. JPM Avondale LLC plans to build a 250-seat, 8,071-square-foot restaurant called South Kitchen and Spirits.
28. 348 East Third Street
Take 2 LLC is in the process of renovating a mixed use building at the intersection of 3rd & Walnut. The long abandoned 7,945-square-feet building was built in 1919.
29. Dozier Apartments
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
30. Northeast Regional Transportation Management Center
Construction continues 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.
31. Luna Food Store
Luna Food Store will be opening soon on West 8th Street, near UF Health Jacksonville.
For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=544373
32. Castle on Klutho Park
Michael Bourre, owner of Bourre Construction Group recently purchased the 106-year-old Drew Mansion, at 245 West Third Street. Bourre plans to renovate the 4,989-square-feet home into a company office and showroom.
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/02/20/local-contractor-purchases-historical-drew-mansion.html
33. 1101 Main Street
Fashion designer and Jacksonville native Alyssa Key is planning to turn 1101 Main Street into a mix of uses. Uses include a co-op space representing the arts, studios upstairs and retail (maybe a coffee shop) downstairs, event space in the back and possibly a food truck yard on the empty lot.
34. The Jacobs Building
The long vacant Jacobs Building at 115 West 2nd Street is being renovated into apartments by Accelerated Contractors. The 6,315 square foot building was built in 1906. The renovation project is expected to cost $650,000.
35. Crispy's - 1735 North Main Street
Owner John Crispens plans to invest $300,000 to build-out the space at 1735 N. Main St. as an Italian-themed restaurant and bar, art gallery and dry cleaning service. Originally, the Akra Bros. department store, the 5,850-square-foot space will feature a 150-seat restaurant that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Crispy's is expected to open late 2015.
For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/04/23/how-dreams-of-a-springfield-dry-cleaner-led-to-an.html
36. 1739 North Walnut Street
This historic apartment building is in the process of being renovated at 1739 North Walnut Street.
37. Springfield Restorations and New Construction
Every week, it appears that more restoration and residential infill projects are getting underway in Springfield.
38. Interstate 95 Overland Bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began January 14, 2013 to replace the series of overpasses that carry traffic over Hendricks, Kings and Montana avenues along 2.3 miles of I-95 near downtown Jacksonville in Duval County. Known as the Overland Bridge project, it will improve traffic flow along the I-95 corridor just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge. I-95 will be widened to provide an additional lane for southbound traffic. As the project is built, traffic will use parallel roadways, which upon completion of the I-95 bridge structures, will remain and provide additional capacity for traffic between the Fuller Warren Bridge and north of Emerson Street. The $227 million project is estimated to be completed in mid 2016.
For more information: http://www.i95overlandbridge.com/
39. Ronald McDonald House
Construction continues on a 3-story addition at the Ronald McDonald House. 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.
40. Daily's Convenience Store
Construction is underway for a Daily's convenience store and gas station along Atlantic Boulevard at Farragut Place. Daily's plans to open a 5,000-square-foot store that will include 16 fueling positions and covered outdoor cafe style seating along Atlantic Boulevard.
For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=544051
41. Hollingsworth Showroom
Worth Turner recently acquired the former Peterbrooke chocolate factory at 1458 San Marco Boulevard. Turner plans to move the Hollingsworth Showroom into the building's first floor. The Hollingsworth Showroom, features high-end kitchen, bath, tile and lighting and is currently located at 1903 Hendricks Avenue.
42. The Bearded Pig
Chad Munsey and Michael Schmidt plan to open a barbeque restaurant called the Bearded Pig at 1224 Kings Ave.
It will be patterned after Franklin Barbecue, the Austin, Texas, institution where the lines for lunch start at 9 a.m. each day. Beef brisket, which dominates Texas barbecue the way pork shoulders dominate Southeastern barbecue, will be a big part of the menu, he said. But there will there also be ribs, sausage and chicken.
It will be fast casual — order at the counter and the food will be brought to you.
The building is 2,400 square feet, but there are another 3,000 square feet outside, much of it will be covered with seating for about 60, he said. There’s going to be a grassy area with picnic tables, a children’s play area and bicycle parking.
He said he hopes to start construction in June and open in September.
Full article: http://jacksonville.com/business/2015-05-19/story/former-bistro-aix-partner-plans-san-marco-barbecue-beer-garden
43. BCM Offices
44. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Land clearing efforts are underway on the future site of the MD Anderson Cancer Center. When complete in 2017, the 200,000-square foot cancer center will be the third such partnership between M.D. Anderson and a U.S. hospital system. M.D. Anderson has a similar partnership with a hospital in Brazil.
45. Baptist Health
Exterior renovations continue on Baptist Health's downtown campus.
Development update by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at email@example.com
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