4. Dennis + Ives

1505 Dennis Street (Rail Yard District)

Located just west of Downtown Jacksonville, 95 Arch Partners QOZ Fund LLC have big plans for an 85,000 square foot former cold storage warehouse complex that originated during the late 1890s as the Florida Ice Manufacturing Company.

While the oldest buildings on the 5.5-acre property were gobbled up by Interstate 95, the developers plan to convert the remaining buildings into a mix of uses, possibly including creative office, craft brewery or distillery, cafe, restaurant and outdoor event space. Named for the cross streets of Dennis and Ives, conceptual plans prepared by Jacksonville-based Design/Cooperative LLC. also include plans for a small food hall.

Similar to recently opened food halls in Lakeland and Fort Lauderdale, the 12,000 square foot food hall component could include a craft brewery, bar and space for four additional vendors that would share a communal interior and exterior dining area. The space would also be designed to contain a stage that could be used for special events. The first phase, focusing on the office tenant spaces, could be completed as early as the third quarter of 2021.

Dennis + Ives rendering courtesy of 95 Arch Partners QOZ Fund LLC.

Dennis + Ives food hall plan courtesy of 95 Arch Partners QOZ Fund LLC.

3. Made at the Armory

851 North Market Street (Downtown Jacksonville/Eastside)

Photograph courtesy of Bullet at Abandoned Florida

Last month, the Jacksonville City Council approved a deal to renovate the historic Duval County Armory Building into a mixed-use arts-focused complex. Ft. Lauderdale-based REVA Development Corporation plans to transform the former 111-year-old Armory, straddling the border of Downtown Jacksonville, the Eastside and Springfield, into a mixed use building featuring art studios, galleries, co-work and event space centered around a food hall with space for 12 food and beverage vendors. Utilizing Place Architecture, designer of Tampa’s Armature Works, as the architect, the project is anticipated to cost $23 million and will include a second phase featuring 100 apartment units. Renovation on the long vacant property where the Allman Brothers debut performance took place and where famed Marian Anderson made Florida civil rights history, is expected to take two years to complete.

Photograph courtesy of Bullet at Abandoned Florida

Photograph courtesy of Bullet at Abandoned Florida