Urban Construction Update - May 2017

May 31, 2017

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 May 2017.







12. Broadstone River House Apartments



Vertical construction continues on the Alliance Residential Company's Broadstone River House Apartments project on the Southbank. The 265-unit multifamily project will replace a 3.7-acre surface parking lot adjacent to the Duval County School Board building.







For more information: http://www.allresco.com/archives/2088




13. State & Union Street Resurfacing Project

The Florida Department of Transportation is investing $13 million in the resurfacing of State and Unions Streets and the Mathews Expressway between I-95 and MLK, Jr. Parkway. The 4-mile project includes repairing and replacing sidewalks, upgrades to handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps, crosswalks and repair to storm drain pipes and inlets. Also included in this project is the conversion of Main Street, between State and Union Streets, from a one-way to a two-way street. This project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2017.

For more information: https://myfdotnefl.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/state-street-union-street-and-mathews-expressway-resurfacing-project-2/





14. FSCJ Dormitory



New glass frame retail storefronts have been recently installed at the Lerner Shops Building. The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is in the process of converting the long vacant structure into student housing. When complete, FSCJ plans to house up to 60 students in the structure at 20 W. Adams Street. In addition, FSCJ plans to open a "Panera-style" culinary café on the building's ground floor that will act as showcase for the school's culinary program.



For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2016/02/fscj-student-housing-capitalizes-on-larger-trends.html




15. EverBank Field Flex Field and Amphitheater



While the 5,500-seat amphitheater has been completed, construction continues on a new flex field at EverBank Field. When complete, the flex field, will be used for an indoor practice facility, as well as an events and entertainment venue.









For more information: http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2016/03/17/jaguars-amphitheater-flex-field-construction-to.html





16. Gate Petroleum



Construction is underway on a new Gate gas station at the SW corner of Park and Forest Streets. When complete, the $1.3 million gas station will feature 20 fueling positions and 6,401-square-foot convenience store with outdoor seating.





For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=547270




17. Tossgreen



Local healthful fast-casual restaurant chain Tossgreen, plans to open a 1,500 square foot restaurant on the ground-floor of the SunTrust Tower in summer 2017.  Offering breakfast and lunch, the restaurant will include outdoor seating along Laura Street.

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=548927&searchtext=tossgreen




18. LIVE Bakery and Bar



The Live Bakery and Bar will be opening soon at 327 and 331 East Bay Street.  According to the Jax Daily Record, "Owner John Ferra said Monday the bar area would offer seafood, such as oysters and crab legs, and operate more as a sports lounge. He expects to open about 4 p.m. and close late.".  In addition, Live Bakery will be an offshoot a Greek-based bakery operated by Maria Ferra at 5570 Florida Mining Boulevard South. The bakery will specialize in bread and dessert products.  The 200 seat restaurant, bar and bakery will employ 15 people when it is completed in six to twelve months.

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=549171




19. Houston Street Manor



Beneficial Communities, LLC, an affordable housing developer, plans to transform a vacant lot at 139 North Jefferson Street into a 72-unit senior housing development. Construction has recently started on the $8.6 million, seven-story building with five floors for apartments over two stories of parking.








20. The Happy Grilled Cheese



Anthony Hashem, the self-proclaimed 'Sultan of all Things Cheesy' behind popular The Happy Grilled Cheese food truck, is opening his first brick and mortar location in downtown Jacksonville within just a few short weeks.  Downtown diners will be able to enjoy a full menu of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and melts at 219 N Hogan Street.

http://www.moderncities.com/article/2017-feb-the-happy-grilled-cheese-opening-downtown





21. Burlock & Barrel Whiskey Distillery



The Burlock & Barrel American Whiskey Distillery plans to open a whiskey distillery to produce premium spirits in Brooklyn. The new distillery will be located at 417 Magnolia Street.



For more information: http://www.moderncities.com/article/2016-jul-burlock-barrel-whiskey-distillery-coming-to-riverside




22. Morton's the Steakhouse



Morton's the Steakhouse plans to open a new restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in June 2017.  The new steakhouse will be located in a ground floor retail space along Market Street that was last occupied by Plaza III, which closed in 2009.

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/business/food-and-dining/2017-03-20/morton-s-steakhouse-returning-jacksonville




23. Baptist Health Lot A Parking Structure



Construction is underway on the development of a new parking garage for Baptist Health at 1051 Palm Avenue. The proposed garage will be a seven story building with an overall height of approximately 90 feet. The project will have a footprint of 116,793 square feet with a total of 817,551 square feet providing 2,247 parking spaces with 33 accessible spaces. The parking garage is needed to support the continued growth and master planning of the Baptist Medical Center on the Southbank. The garage is anticipated to be completed by January 2018.







For more information: http://www.moderncities.com/article/2016-oct-baptist-health-plans-massive-southbank-parking-garage

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