Workspaces, Inc. is investing $200,000 in the buildout of a 5,500-square-foot storefront at 121 West Forsyth Street. Based out of Orlando, Workspaces, Inc. is an office furniture dealer.
Yates Parking Garage Murals
Murals are being added to the Yates Parking Garage on East Adams Street as a part of the Cultural Council and the Art in Public Places Committee’s launch of the Spark District. The murals are being painted simultaneously by Northeast Florida artists Felici Asteniza, Joey Fillastre and Sean Mahan.
115 West Adams will be transformed into downtown’s latest bar, The Volstead. The Volstead will be an “upscale bourbon bar with a 1920s theme”.
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
The $3.4 million renovation of the Chamber of Commerce building and property continues.
Might As Well Cafe
The Might As Well Cafe will be opening in this street level retail space at 410 Broad Street. The restaurant will serve French-inspired fare and gourmet sandwiches.
605 New Center Hotel
LaVilla’s long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street is being renovated by nearby Clara White Mission into office and housing space.
Work continues for a new Family Dollar store at State and Newnan Streets.
Pita Pit is in the process of opening their third Jacksonville area location in the courthouse garage, at Forsyth & Clay Streets. Pita Pit bills itself as “an alternative to fast food restaurants,” offering a large selection of meat and veggie pitas, including Chicken Caesar, Philly Steak, Dagwood, Falafel, Spicy Black Bean, Hummus and more. Pita Pit also offers breakfast pita – available throughout the day – including Sausage Scramble, Ham N’ Eggs, Awakin’ with Bacon and more.
State Attorney’s Office
Legislature has given the go ahead 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.
Renovation work is underway at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA Jacksonville).
Construction of 220 Riverside continues. 220 Riverside will feature 18,000 square feet of retail and 294 apartment units when complete in 2014.
Riverside Place/Riverside & Jackson
Land clearing and ash removal continues at the site of the proposed Riverside Place/Riverside & Jackson development site. Riverside Place will be a 310-unit apartment complex developed by Pollack Shores Real Estate Group of Atlanta. Plans call for 185 one-bedroom and 125 two-bedroom units. Riverside & Jackson will be a 53,000 square foot retail center featuring a grocery store, pharmacy and restaurants. The developer, Fuqua Development of Atlanta, anticipates construction starting in early August and opening the summer of 2014. Tenants are expected to be announced soon. Combined, the projects are estimated to cost $53 million to construct.
RIVERSIDE/AVONDALE and ST. JOHNS PARK
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.
King Street Studios
The opening show of King Street Studios’ new space at 600 King Street is scheduled for July 13th from 6pm to 9pm. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/165841356931575/
The restoration of Olmstead Gardens and a major parking/landscaping enhancement project continues. The project includes expanding the museum’s cafe to include outdoor seating along Riverside Avenue.
Corrado’s Bakery Bistro
Corrado’s Bakery Bistro will be opening this month at 813 Lomax Street in Five Points.
Rain Dogs will be opening soon in Five Points. According to their facebook page, Rain Dogs will be a space where music, art and ideas grow. Celebrating all local entrepreneurs and visionaries, Rain Dogs will offer bold bean coffee, Intuition and Bold City brews and eats from Peles and Blue Buddha. Rotating art shows and community events. For more information, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rain-dogs and https://www.facebook.com/raindogsjax
1010 Park Street
The former Clothing Warehouse in Five Points is being converted into an electronic cigarette store.
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Orlando-based Hawkers Asian Street Fare is also planning to open their second location in Five Points by the fall. Hawkers will be taking over storefronts once occupied by Downtown Divas and a jewelry store.
About Hawkers Asian Street Fare Malaysian, Chinese, Korean, Singapore, Vientamese, Thai Description Prominent on the streets of Asia, Hawkers are street vendors who depend on locally grown ingredients to create dishes sold from mobile carts and stands. The most successful recipes, typically passed from one generation to the next, bring flocks of eager patrons. Here at Hawkers, we've selected only the best of these recipes from across Asia and are bringing them to you in a unique, sharing-encouraged, gastropub environment.
For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/hawkersstreetfare
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.
1012 King Street
1012 King Street was recently acquired by the owner of the nearby Garage, Loft, and Rogue bars. Tenantive plans call for the conversion of this building into a restaurant specializing in hamburgers.
Brian Freda, a apprentice of Guy LeRoy, the old partner of Wolfgang Puck who operated L’Orient and Cafe on the Square here in Jacksonville, is in the process of opening Cafe Freda. The restaurant, which will specialize in “international comfort food” will be located in Park Street’s old Alphadog space.
Caremax Health Mart Pharmacy
Caremax Health Mart Pharmacy is now open in Riverside’s Park & King district.
Lydia Street Residential Infill Development
Attracted by the revitalization of the Park & King District, Springfield Builders plans to construct seven single family homes on a two acre lot on Lydia Street.
The construction of a new Mellow Mushroom restaurant, at 3601 St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, appears to be imminent. A demolition permit, for an existing gas station on the site, for Burkhalter Wrecking is under review by the city.
Pulp Juice Bar
Pulp Juice Bar’s long awaited second location on Avondale’s St. Johns Avenue is finally moving forward. Building permits were issued in late January.
Metro Diner - Roosevelt Square
Metro Diner will be opening a new location in the former Harry’s Restaurant space at Roosevelt Square. The Roosevelt Square location is anticipated to open July 29. For information, visit metrodiner.com.
Eagle Eye Care
Eagle Eye Care is constructing a new 5,423 square foot facility at 714 Stockton Street.
Ardy’s Eatable Delyghts
Ardy’s Eatable Delyghts will be opening soon at 1855 North Main Street. Ardy’s specializes in an array of signature desserts and eatable sweets. However, excluding the installation of a door sign, no visible changes have been made in a few months.
1221-1237 North Liberty Street
Infill construction activity is underway at 1221-1237 North Liberty Street.
122 West 8th Street
The old “moto lodge” at 122 W. 8th Street, an old hotel which was has been out of use for some time, has been demolished. According to MySpringfield.org, it was a non-historic, non-contributing structure. Operation New Hope plans to break ground on a two-story, 14 unit workforce housing apartment development later this year.
HomeStar Realty will soon open in this storefront space at 8th & Main.
San Marco Boulevard Streetscape/Balis Park Expansion
Construction of the San Marco Square roundabout is now underway as a part of the San Marco Boulevard Streetscape project. when complete, a new greenspace will anchor the popular commercial district.
Indochine/The Budda Bar
Downtown Jacksonville’s popular Thai restaurant, Indochine, plans to open a second location at 1974 San Marco Boulevard in August 2013. The building’s street level bar has been rebranded as The Buddha Bar. Plans call for the bar to host live music on weekends and offer “Indochine-style bar food” until 2 am.
Taverna has plans to take over an adjacent storefront space, doubling in size, and getting a liquor license.
San Marco Station
Vertical construction is underway on San Marco Train Station project, which will be anchored by Panera Bread.
Painting With A Twist
Painting With A Twist will be opening a new studio at 1525 San Marco Blvd soon.
Corks N Canvas was started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist in 2009. To date, 90 franchise locations are open all over the country. Headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana the company maintains the artwork copy rights and brand direction of the franchise locations to insure that every location produces the same fun experience by which the company was founded.
Update by Ennis Davis