In addition, co-owner Troy Orton mentioned that Hyperion plans to partner with local charities for fundraisers and special events. Hyperion Brewing is the most recent of several new projects in the pipeline for Springfield’s Main Street. Last month, Petra Management started work on renovating Main Street’s long abandoned Woolworth’s Building into six street level retail bays.

Woolworth’s Building

Construction also continues on the conversion of the historic Akra Brother’s Department Store into an art gallery, restaurant and full liquor bar called Crispy’s. One block north, Jacksonville-based Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Que has submitted a proposal to the city to convert the former 9th & Main building into a restaurant, brewpup and theater.

Crispy’s (left)

In addition to these developments, Tampa-based GNP Development Partners, LLC. intends to transform the former Jacksonville Jewish Center complex at 3rd and Silver Streets into a 78-unit mixed-use apartment complex.

Future Springfield Lofts site at 3rd & Silver Streets.

Hyperion should be a welcome addition to another urban core commercial district coming back to life as Jacksonville rediscovers the value of walkable mixed-use neighborhoods.

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