Urban Construction Update - November 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 November 2015.

Published November 30, 2015 in Neighborhoods - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

Vantage Hospitality Group is investing up to $20 million in the renovation of the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk.

[ quote ]Rooms will be renovated in phases with new carpeting, windows, balconies, doors and furnishings as well as redesigned bathrooms.

The hotel will remain open during the project.

The work will include an exterior re-facing, roof replacement, new windows, a renovated porte cochere in the front, the addition of a porte cochere at the entrance of the convention center in the back along Prudential Drive, a remodeled pool area and a redesigned fifth-floor terrace.

In the ground-floor public areas, the lobby, lounge and restaurant will see significant upgrades. Carpeting will be replaced by hard flooring and new furnishings will be added throughout, in addition to the drop ceilings.

The lobby will be redesigned and moved closer to the front, opening up a sight-line to the pool area. It also will have a coffee bar and an art wall and water feature that will front most of the elevators, which now are exposed.

The expanded lobby lounge will be rebuilt with a loggia so that part of the seating area will be outside under cover.

The fitness center will be renovated and the ground-floor restaurant will be renovated with a covered outdoor seating area.[ quote ]

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546154

2.JTA Flyer Downtown Bus Rapid Transit Corridor

In the Northbank, 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. In the Southbank, Kings Avenue is being reconfigured to accommodate the JTA Flyer BRT system. When complete, these corridors 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. Black Sheep Restaurant Downtown

Construction is underway on a new restaurant at 100 North Laura Street. Scheduled to open in spring 2016, the restaurant will be operated by Black Sheep. However, the restaurant will have a different concept and name than the popular Five Points restaurant.

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2015/11/black-sheeps-downtown-location-gets-approval-for.html

5. Sweet Pete's Expansion

CNBC's "The Profit" Marcus Lemonis has 424 North Hogan Street under contract for the expansion of Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails.Plans call for the former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to be utilized 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

6. Cafe Nola

Improvement work is underway at Cafe Nola.

7. Upstairs at Da Real Ting

Upstairs at Da Real Ting is coming soon to 128-2 West Adams Street.

8. Hobnob Restaurant

Hobnob Restaurant will be opening soon at 220 Riverside.

[ quote ]Getting the restaurant scene there requires bringing diversity to the table, Cottrill and Earnest said. Although they’re bringing pieces of Candy Apple to Hobnob — such as head chef Jamey Evoniuk — their focus will be different. It’s a place that will have “global inspirations with global intentions,” according to Earnest.

The restaurant is moving away from the industry trend of local-only ingredients, and pulling in international influences, with dishes like chili garlic salmon.
“There’s been a movement to use local-only products. As an example, if lobster isn’t available locally, then we shouldn’t serve lobster,” Cottrill said.

Their broader focus doesn’t mean they will disregard local ingredients, but rather try to do something different from many other restaurants in the area. “We will be continuing the path of some folks here, but with our own twist,” Cottrill said. “We’ll have a fun environment with a little more presentation and experiential space.”[ quote ]

For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2015/08/07/hobnob-aims-to-bring-global-focus-local-impact-to.html

9. Brixx Wood Pizza

North Carolina-based Brixx Wood Pizza will be opening their first Florida location at 220 Riverside.

[ quote ]The concept will include 3,714 square feet inside with a 1,400-square-foot outdoor patio. The location will feature wood fired pizzas, salads, pasta and sandwiches alongside a wide range of dietary options from vegetarian to vegan to gluten-free. Founders of the concept believe “everyone should be able to enjoy a night out for pizza!” Brixx Wood Fired Pizza is known for its high-quality menu paired with wine and craft beer in a casual but upscale atmosphere. Juna Partners, LLC is the franchisee and Lora Ramsey is the principal representing Florida’s first Brixx location.[ quote ]

For more information: http://advantagebizmag.com/blog/2015/11/03/franklin-street-brings-brixx-wood-fired-pizza-to-florida/

10. 112 East Adams Street

Tenant improvements are being made at 112 East Adams Street. The space was once occupied by the Poppy Loves Smoke cigar bar.

11. Brooklyn Station

Construction continues on retail tenant buildouts at Brooklyn Station. With Corner Bakery Cafe, Burger Fi and Zoes Kitchen now open, future tenants include 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 continues on the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transit Center (JRTC) at the Skyway's Convention Center station. Platforms for the JTA Flyer bus rapid transit system and local buses are being constructed around the Skyway.

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 continues to move forward. 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

Construction continues 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. Mocha Misk’i Brownie Shop

Sisters Helga and Pilar Langton will be opening the Mocha Misk’i Brownie Shop at 209 North Laura Street. Mocha Misk’i will bake traditional brownies, specialty cakes and cookies.

Fort more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546569

17. Elena Flats

Jack Meeks and his wife, JoAnn Tredennick, recently purchased the Elena Flats building at 122 E. Duval St. They plan to convert the former rooming house into four market-rate apartment units. Barring unforeseen complications, the apartments should be ready for rent in early 2017.

18. Element Bistro+Bar+Lounge/Myths

Nightlife Innovations, LLC. has entered into a five year lease agreement with Liberty Bay, Inc. to take over the old Club TSI location at 333 East Bay Street. Plans are underway on the opening a new mixed-use nightlife venue. Specializing in craft cocktails, Element Bistro+Bar+Lounge, will be located in the front of the building. The rear will be converted into a nightclub and live music venue called Myths.

19. Bark Downtown

Bark Boutique's Jamee Yocum is working on opening a downtown location near the intersection of Adams and Laura Street by the end of the year. The 800-square-foot space next to The Carling will sell dog supplies, accessories and food and will include delivery to high-rises and office buildings.

For more information: http://www.thebarkboutique.com/daycare_boarding/daycare.php

20. Baptist Health

Exterior renovations continue on Baptist Health's downtown campus.


21. Fro You Frozen Yogart

Fro You Frozen Yogart will be opening soon at 3578 St. Johns Avenue.

22. Endurance House

Endurance House, a multi-sport retail store, will be opening soon at 3562 St. Johns Avenue.

For more information: http://endurancehousejax.com/about-us/

23. Luba's Pet Grooming

Luba's Pet Grooming will be opening in the former Cafe Freda space at 2782 Park Street.

24. La Trattoria Italian Cuisine

Droubi's, at 915 King Street, has been rebranded as La Trattoria Italian Cuisine.

25. Takhrai Thai

Mandarin's Takhrai Thai plans to open a new Thai restaurant in Five Points at 1620 Margaret Street. Expected to open in December 2015, the new restaurant will have a different name than the Mandarin location.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Takhrai-Thai-Restaurant/352537524930154

26. 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

27. Riverside Community Garden

Construction on the Riverside Community Garden on the defunct site of the Willowbranch Rose Garden continues. The exterior of the garden will incorporate roses, public seating areas along the serpentine wall, and a public herb garden, as well as vining food plants available to all regardless of whether they are gardeners.

For more information: http://www.riversideavondale.org/index.php?id=280

28. 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/

29. 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.

30. 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

31. Summit Contracting Group, Inc.

Padgett Premiere Properties is renovating the exterior of 1000 Riverside Avenue. Padgett paid $3 million for the 9-story building in October 2014. Summit Contracting Group, an affiliate of Padgett, relocated 70 employees from the Southside to the building in January. Padgett is also planning to add first floor retail, such as a high-end gym and sandwich/coffee shop to the building.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/2015-01-31/story/sunday-notebook-riverside-ave-tower-gets-new-name

32. Bold City Brewery

Expansion efforts to increase brewing capacity at Bold City's Riverside brewery continue. Recent installations include a 120 barrel fermenter, a 120 barrel brite tank, a Dry Grain Silo and a Wet Grain Silo.

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=542645

33. South Kitchen and Spirits

Construction is underway on South Kitchen and Spirits at 3638 Park Street. South Kitchen will be a new 250-seat, 8,071-square-foot restaurant.

34. Wine Down Cigar Lounge

The Wine Down Cigar Lounge by Tobacco Galore will be opening soon at 1070 Edgewood Avenue South in Murray Hill.

35. Magnolia's Pub

1198 South Edgewood Avenue will become the new location of Magnolia's Pub. The family friendly restaurant serving waffle sandwiches, salads, dessert waffles, weekend brunch and pub fare was recently approved for a parking reduction and outside sales of beer, wine and liquor. The new restaurant should open in early 2016.

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


36. 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.

37. Dozier Apartments

Proposed Exterior Elevations

Construction is 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

38. 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

39. Main Space

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. Main Space is expected to open Summer 2016.

40. 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.

41. 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

42. Springfield Restorations and New Construction

Every week, it appears that more restoration and residential infill projects are getting underway in Springfield.


43. 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/

44. 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.

45. Daily's Convenience Store

Construction continues on 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

46. 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.

47. 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

48. 1533 San Marco Boulevard

Exterior upgrades are being made to 1533 San Marco Boulevard.

49. 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.

50. Grease Rags Clothing Company

The Grease Rags Clothing Company will be opening a new location on San Marco Boulevard near European Street Cafe.

51. 1721 Atlantic Boulevard

Improvements are being made to 1721 Atlantic Boulevard. Built in 1974, the 7,752 square foot office building was purchased by TG Atlantic Boulevard LLC earlier this year.

52. San Marco Station

Restoration work is underway on the old City of South Jacksonville utilities building. When complete, the structure will feature additional restaurant and retail space.

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

This article can be found at: https://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2015-nov-urban-construction-update-november-2015

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