What is an Edge City?

Over the Southside’s Blue Cross Blue Shield campus.

The term, Edge City, was popularized in the 1991 book Edge City: Life on the New Frontier by Joel Garreau,</b> who established its current meaning while working as a reporter for the Washington Post. Garreau argues that the edge city has become the standard form of urban growth worldwide, representing a 20th-century urban form unlike that of the 19th-century central downtown.

Edge Cities typically consist of mid-rise office towers surrounded by massive surface parking lots and manicured lawns. Instead of a traditional street grid, their infrastructure networks consist of winding parkways (often lacking sidewalks) that feed into arterial roads and freeway ramps. They develop at or near freeway intersections and airports and they rarely include heavy industry. They are large geographically because they are built at automobile scale.

Edge Cities are impossible without the automobile. In Jacksonville, the Southside, specifically the JTB corridor, has developed into our first true Edge City. Because the Southside is our only emerging Edge City in the midst of a development boom, we have decided to expand our monthly construction updates to include this area of Jacksonville.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_city

November 2015 Construction Update

1. Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital Emergency Center

Construction continues on the new Baptist Health/Wolfson Children’s Hospital Emergency Center near the St. Johns Town Center. The Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center at the Town Center will house two emergency centers under one roof, staffed 24/7 by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. While sharing a common entrance, the Emergency Center is specially designed to meet the needs of two very different patient populations. One side of the Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center will have a dedicated waiting area and eight adult emergency beds. The other side of the building will be completely dedicated to meet the unique needs of Wolfson Children’s patients and their families, with a separate waiting area and eight children’s emergency beds. Located near the intersection of I-295 and Town Center Parkway, the 17,030 square foot structure is expected to open in the summer of 2016.

November 2015

February 2016

For more information: http://www.baptistjax.com/about-us/newsroom/news-releases/work-starts-on-new-baptist-health-and-wolfson-childrens

2. Brooks University Crossing

Construction continues on Brooks University Crossing, a 111-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center near Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital at Beach and University boulevards. The $13.6 million construction project comprises a three-story, 81,267-square-foot structure on 8.34 acres at 6210 Beach Blvd. The construction timeline is expected to take 12 months.

November 2015

February 2016

3. Vistakon Inc.

Jacksonville-based Vistakon recently completed a $4.6 million solvent tank farm at it’s disposable contact lenses manufacturing complex in Deerwood Park. Vistakon is now investing $300 million to expand the manufacturing complex over the next seven years. The expansion project is expected to create 100 high-wage jobs and add 35,000 square feet to the manufacturing complex. The new manufacturing space will include five new production lines, the tank farm, a 3D printing center and a site for medical device laboratory test method development.

November 2015

February 2016

For more information: http://www.visionmonday.com/latest-news/article/vistakon-218-million-expansion-will-increase-acuvue-contact-lens-production-and-add-100-jobs/

4. Old Still

AV Homes, an Arizona-based development firm, is building a 120 home single-family community called “Old Still.” The 80-acre development is being built as an urban enclave featuring an urban park and homes lining the street in a pedestrian-scale setting. The project is located just east of I-295 Beltway, along East Baymeadows Road.

November 2015

February 2016

5. Lake Lofts at Deerwood

Construction is nearing completion on Lake Lofts at Deerwood. The project will add 130 apartment units on an infill site adjacent to Deerwood Lake. Developed by Inland Diversified Real Estate Services, LLC. of Oak Brook, IL, the four story development includes a five-story parking garage.

November 2015

February 2016

6. Bulter Point Retail Development

Triforce Development LLC is in the process of building a 9,000 square foot retail project at 6025 Butler Point Road in the Galleria Point development. Plans indicate the retail building will include 107 parking spaces. Confirmed tenants include Chicken Salad Chick, Smoothie King and Kazu Sushi Burrito.

November 2015

February 2016

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546775

7. Fresh Jax

A 2013 One Spark favorite, Fresh Jax is in the process of opening a brick and mortar location at 11526 Lake Mead Avenue. Located near the I-295/Gate Parkway interchange, Fresh Jax will be a space where healthy handcrafted food and heart-centered yoga come together. Covering nearly 3,000-sqaure-feet, the storefront will feature a kitchen, smoothie bar, retail store and yoga studio.

November 2015

February 2016

For more information: http://www.freshjax.com/about.html

8. Galleria Club Apartments

Construction is nearing completion on Fort Family Investment’s Galleria Club Apartments development at Baymeadows Road East and R.G. Skinner Boulevard. When complete, Galleria Club will add a total of 254 three-story, garden-style rental units to an area where several large multi-family developments have been built over the last couple of years.

November 2015

February 2016

9. Sola Apartments

Flournoy Construction is developing a 330-unit apartment complex at 8074 Gate Parkway North. Called Sola, the $22 million project is expected to be completed next year, just east of Belfort Road.

November 2015

February 2016

10. Loree Apartments

Construction continues on a 300 unit apartment development on 15 acres along A.C. Skinner Parkway. Eventually, the $80 million development will cover 30 acres and include up to 600 units. The project is being developed by Eckstein Investments LLC. and will include bike paths and walking trails integrated with 100-year-old oak hammocks.

November 2015

February 2016

11. Interstate 95 at J. Turner Butler Boulevard interchange Improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the design and construction of the operational improvements to the existing interchange at I-95 and SR 202 (J.T Butler Blvd.). Construction began in November 2014 and is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2017. The following roadway improvements will be constructed as part of the project:

A. Widening, reconstruction, and/or milling and resurfacing of SR 202 between US 1 (Philips Highway) to approximately 2,800’ east of Belfort Road.

B. Widening or full reconstruction of I-95 within the limits of the interchange.

C. Widening and/or reconstruction of the I-95 and SR 202 on / off ramps, which includes the reconstruction of the I-95 northbound off ramp to accommodate a westbound SR 202 turning movement.

D. Construction of a new two-lane, 1400’ long, flyover bridge to accommodate I-95 southbound to SR 202 eastbound traffic.

E. Reconstruction of the I-95 over SR202 mainline bridges.

F. Construction of a new roadway configuration and new bridge to eliminate the existing weave interactions along SR 202 westbound at the I-95 northbound ramp.

G. Permanently close the access to Salisbury Road North from SR 202 westbound.

H. Reconstruction of the SR 202/Salisbury Road South intersection to provide right-in, right-out movements.

I.Widening, full reconstruction, and/or milling and resurfacing of Salisbury Road South within the specified limits.

J. Construction of noise walls along SR 202 westbound, I-95 northbound and I-95 southbound.

K. Construction of new signalization along SR 202 at US 1 (Philips Highway), Bonneval Road, and the I-95 northbound and southbound off ramps.

November 2015

February 2016

For more information: http://www.nflroads.com/_layouts/FDOT D2 Northeast Florida Road Construction/ProjectDetails.aspx?pid=268&sid=All

12. 7768 and 7776 Ozark Drive

An office building is being constructed at 7768 and 7776 Ozark Drive. This development is located at the SE corner of the I-295 East Beltway/Gate Parkway interchange.

November 2015

February 2016

13. Winn-Dixie

Southeastern Grocers LLC is in the process of remodeling a closed 46,000-square-foot supermarket at 10915 Baymeadows Road. The “new-look” Winn-Dixie will include an expanded natural and organic selection, a coffee shop, fresh sushi counter and in-store kitchen. The $3 million project is expected to open the first week of February 2016.

February 2016

For more information: http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546953

14. Touchton Urgent Care and Cath Lab

9726 Touchton Road is in the process of being converted into a 3,400-square foot urgent care facility and a 5,267-square foot Cath Lab.

November 2015

February 2016

15. Lazy Boy

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries is in the process of renovating the former TigerDirect store in St. Johns Town Center. The furniture showroom is expected to open by early April 2016.

February 2016

For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=546622

16. Mayo Clinic Lung Restoration Center

United Therapeutics recently broke ground on a three story, 75,000-square-foot lung restoration center at Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus. The carbon neutral and environmental friendly medical treatment facility is expected to open in 2017.

February 2016

For more information: http://jacksonville.com/news/health-and-fitness/2016-01-19/story/mayo-clinics-lung-restoration-center-ready-break-ground

17. Topgolf Jacksonville

Construction is underway on Topgolf at 10531 Brightman Boulevard. When complete, the project will feature a driving range, family entertainment and a restaurant in a 30,674-square-foot structure. The $6 million project is expected to be completed late summer 2016.

For more information: http://topgolf.com/us/jacksonville/

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