5 Cool New Places to Live Downtown

5 more interesting places to live that are either under construction or proposed for downtown Jacksonville.

Published December 2, 2015 in Development - MetroJacksonville.com

1. Broadstone River House

By 2018, the former site of Crawdaddy’s Restaurant, which closed in 2004, will be transformed in to a luxury apartment community named Broadstone River House. This nearly 4-acre lot is adjacent to the Duval County School Board building and sits alongside the redeveloped Southbank Riverwalk.
The complex is a project by Alliance Residential Company, who would like to begin development no later than early next year. John Zeledon is the North Florida Managing Director of Alliance Residential, a Phoenix-based company. Alliance is also working with Dwell Design Studios, who recently completed the new Broadway Riverside apartments, as well as Riverwalk Jacksonville Development, who they have contracted to buy part of the property.

The complex will include up to 300 units. While there are no actual renderings yet for the floor plans, the project is envisioned as a five- to six-story structure of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. A parking structure is planned. Zeledon says that it will be similar in concept to Alliance Residential’s recently completed Broadstone Hyde Park in Tampa. This complex is an “urban-modern” designed community. The apartments include nine-foot ceilings, gourmet kitchens, and wood flooring. The amenities of this community as a whole include a pool, courtyard, fire pit and game areas. Inside amenities include a social clubroom and billiards lounge, and a health club that features a yoga studio, a spin studio and top-grade fitness equipment. Monthly rental rates there range from $1,100 for a studio up to $2,000 for the largest two-bedroom unit. It doesn’t offer three-bedroom units.

2. Elena Flats

The Elena Flats building is a structure that has been standing since its construction in 1909, shortly after the Great Fire. During its time, this residential structure helped to fuel economic growth in Jacksonville, helping the urban core to reconstruct itself after all the destruction caused by the fire.
FOr years, it was an empty building falling apart. Recently, local resident JoAnn Tredennick and her husband, Jack Meeks, decided to purchase the structure. Both Meeks and Tredennick have been responsible for several restoration projects in Springfield including: Carlton Apartments, the Powell Apartments, the Townhouse Apartments, an office suite on Walnut Street, and the Meeks Professional Building. Meeks has said that they do not plan on asking for any city incentives for Elena Flats. He and Tredennick are going to follow the same model they’ve used in Springfield to restore their previous projects.
The building, located at 122 E. Duval, is in the “Cathedral District,” just a few blocks from “The Elbow.” Meeks and Tredennick intend to transform the structure into a small residential complex, with the help of architects Bill and Melody Bishop. They anticipate Elena Flats to have four “luxury apartments.” Each would be about 1,700 square feet. The front and back of the house will have ground-floor and second-floor porches. The apartments will have 10-foot-high ceilings. Monthly rent would be in the range of $2,500.They hope to welcome tenants by spring 2017.

3. Houston Street Manor

Houston Street Manor will be living community for senior citizens in the area. This project has been proposed by Beneficial Communities, LLC, which is an affordable homes developer, who specializes in senior living. Also on the project is Forum Architecture & Interior Design, a firm whose focus is residential homes, club houses, and hospitality.
Houston Street Manor will be a 7-story structure, with 2 stories serving as a parking garage. They hope to house more than 70 residents, offering both 1- and 2-bedroom selections. Upper stories will have a great view of the river, while the lower stories will enjoy the city scape. Amenities for this complex include a library, a game room, and a gym.
The property is located within the Central Business District off of Houston Street. The lot is currently a vacant field, with no major threats to accessibility of the surrounding area. This location will enable Houston Street Manor to revitalize the Central Civic Core District, as well as boost the economy. Additionally, it will give senior citizens a place to live with limited residents that is close to city amenities.  This project is anticipated to be completed in 2017.

4. Lofts at LaVilla

The Lofts at LaVilla is a proposed residential community that is to be developed by Vestcor Incorporated. Vestcor has recently received a $270,000 loan from the Downtown Economic Development Fund, as well as another $270,000 from the Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, to help with costs of the project.
Once completed, the Lofts at LaVilla will be a 120-unit housing development, valued at approximately $22 million. Vestcor hopes to build apartments that are affordable for families that, in particular, make less than 80% of the state median income. If developed, the Lofts at LaVilla will be situated at Lee and Water streets near the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

5. Union House

While the Union Terminal Warehouse is already fairly occupied, if Reed Realty’s plans manifest, the building will be repurposed. Reed Realty is under contract for the structure, with the idea to turn it in to a 260-unit “live-work” facility.

Because of the location, the complex will be known as “Union House.” Union House will be live-in units that have tenant-collaboration rooms. It will also have event spaces, a ‘rooftop’ commons, and an accompanying kitchen and market in the next building over.

The building was purchased by Reed Realty for $4 million, but another $20 million or so will be needed from state and federal sources. Bryan Pereboom is the principal of Reed Realty working on the project. No date for completion has been specified.

Article by Kristen Pickrell

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