Intended to pave the way for the development of a $145 million headquarters building for Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. on a Riverside Avenue surface parking lot owned by Florida Blue, plans for a new 869-space parking garage have been submitted to the Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB) for initial conceptual design approval at its October 10th meeting.
Proposed for a 2.32-acre parcel bounded by Park Street, Forest Street, Magnolia Street and Edison Avenue, the four-story structure covering 1.62 acres, will be developed on land currently occupied by a stormwater retention pond that will soon be filled by the City of Jacksonville. Landscaping and a 0.05-acre public plaza will consume the remaining portions of the block. Designed by Jacksonville-based RS&H, the garage will have space for 1,976 square feet of future ground floor retail space. This 14’-6” deep by 135’-4” area reserved for future retail will front Park Street.
Of interesting note, the parking garage’s facade is based on the architectural design of the B.F. Lee Theological Seminary Building on the campus of Edwards Waters College, a few miles away in Durkeeville. Jacksonville-based Danis Builders LLC will oversee the $22.5 million project’s construction, which is expected to begin on January 9, 2020 and be completed by September 9, 2020. Here is a look at the Florida Blue Forest Street Garage’s conceptual plans.