First Baptist Convention Building

Number of units: 24 apartments

Developer: JWB Real Estate Capital

Architect: Robbins Design Studio

Contractor: Auld & White Constructors LLC

Project cost: $11.4 million


JWB Real Estate Capital recently applied for permits to begin on the renovation of the Federal Reserve and Baptist Convention buildings. The adaptive reuse of the Federal Reserve Building will include a restaurant, office and banquet space. 24 apartments, two retail suites and a restaurant will be the new uses included in the adaptive reuse of the First Baptist Convention building. An exterior courtyard for outdoor dining will connect the two buildings with Sweet Pete’s and the Seminole Club building nearby. The developer anticipates starting work in the third quarter of 2021.

Independent Life Building

233 West Duval Street

Number of units: 140 market rate apartments

Developer: Augustine Development Group of St. Augustine

Architect: Dasher Hurst Architects of Jacksonville

Contractor: N/A

Project cost: $28 million

Update: June/August

The City of Jacksonville is in the process of reviewing permit applications for the adaptive reuse of the Independent Life Building. Proposed by Augustine Development Group, the 165,000 square foot office tower will be converted into a mixed-use project that will include 140 market rate apartments, a grocery store, food hall and rooftop lounge and restaurant.

Union Terminal Warehouse Company

700 East Union Street

Number of units: 228 apartments

Developer: Columbia Ventures LLC of Atlanta

Architect: Dasher Hurst Architects of Jacksonville


Project cost: $34 million

Update: In October 2020, the developer applied to the city for a building permit to begin construction on the adaptive reuse of the 330,000-square-foot historic Union Terminal Warehouse Company building. Columbia Ventures plans to convert the structure into 228 apartments, a mix of small office tenants, community organizations, food and beverage operators, affordable maker and raw entrepreneur space, and a rooftop terrace with a community garden. Expected to be completed by 2023, project will be first in Florida to use both Opportunity Zone and Historic Tax Credits.

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