12. Ashley Street Container Project
The development of a shipping container infill residential project by JWB Real Estate is underway at 412 Ashley Street. The Cathedral District project calls for the retrofit of 18 shipping containers into 320-square-foot apartments.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/ddrb-to-consider-final-approval-of-ashley-street-container-apartments
13. Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. Headquarters
Preliminary land clearing efforts are underway at the future site of a $145 million world headquarters office tower for Jacksonville-based Fortune 500 company Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. Recently Brooklyn’s historic Fire Station Number 5 was razed to make way for the project. Expected to be completed by June 2022, the 12-story, 300,000 square foot tower will overlook the St. Johns River with structured parking along Riverside Avenue. The project is expected to create 500 additional jobs.
14. Chase Bank
A $1.5 million build-out of the ground floor of the old Barnett National Bank building for a 5,402 square foot Chase Bank continues.
*For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/chase-bank-renovating-branch-space-at-the-barnett-building
15. Lofts at Brooklyn
Construction continues on the Lofts at Brooklyn. When complete, the estimated $30 million project will add 133 affordable and workforce housing units at the intersection of Jackson and Chelsea Streets.
16. Jacksonville Landing
The City of Jacksonville is now in the final phase involving the demolition of the Jacksonville Landing festival marketplace. This phase involves sodding the property into a grass lawn for the foreseeable future. In the upcoming months $250,000 will be spent on a study to determine what the next use should be. When that is determined, an additional $2.25 million is expected to be spent the next three years to plan any potential changes to the lawn.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/lennys-lawn-the-grass-field-replacing-the-landing/
17. Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower
Vertical construction is underway on a seven-story tower that will serve as the new “front door” for Baptist Health’s Southbank medical campus. Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/baptist-health-plans-massive-downtown-expansion/
18. Ambassador Hotel
St. Augustine-based Augustine Development Group has completed interior demolition work and is now changing the scope of this redevelopment project. Successfully requesting for the DIA to remove a $4.9 million Recaptured Enhanced Value grant from its development agreement, the developer intends to retrofit the 95-year-old building into a 127-room La Quinta Inn & Suites with a rooftop bar and construct an adjacent parking garage. The project is anticipated to cost $38 million. Future phases at the site potentially include the adaptive reuse of the Marine National Bank building into apartments and the new construction apartments on the west side of the block.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/permit-sought-to-transform-former-ambassador-hotel-into-a-la-quinta
19. VyStar Credit Union
VyStar Credit Union is in the process of renovating the VyStar Tower (formerly SunTrust Tower) and the adjacent Life of the South building into the credit union’s corporate headquarters. VyStar plans to activate the first floor of both buildings with commercial and retail space. Five Points eatery The Bread & Board will be opening a new restaurant and specialty market on the ground floor of the Life of the South building. The 7,200 square foot Bread & Board Provisions will include a new restaurant and market combining the elements of a public market and a food hall. Announced retailers include Good Dough donut shop, Alewife Craft Beer Bottle Shop, Bee Friends Farm honey, Layered: Cakes & Sweets, Martin Coffee, local produce purveyor Saturiwa Trading Company, and Bark Urban Dog Boutique.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/bread-board-restaurant-and-market-coming-downtown/
20. Brooklyn Place
Ponte Vedra Beach-based The Ferber Company is in the process of building a new 11,500 square foot retail center at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Leila Street. Brooklyn Place’s future tenants include Panera Bread, Chipotle, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi, and Chop Barbershop.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/construction-to-begin-next-week-on-riverside-chipotle-panera-bento-and-chop-barbershop
21. Ruby Beach Brewing
Jacksonville Beach craft brewery Ruby Beach Brewing is expanding and moving to the former Letter Shop building at 228 East Forsyth Street. Renderings show that Ruby Beach will keep the Letter Shop building’s distinctive mail-themed signage on the exterior wall. The brewery will occupy the 2,500 square foot first floor space. The new taproom will feature the current bar, made from wood reclaimed from the Jacksonville Beach pier. There will also be an outdoor patio with an additional bar, and while there will be no kitchen, there will be a space for food trucks. The second floor will be rental space for parties, corporate events, and pop-up opportunities. Plans call for the brewing element to be fully operational by May, with the taproom being completed in July.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/ruby-beach-brewing-relocating-to-downtown-jacksonville/
The live music venue, Underbelly, will be reopening at 113 East Bay Street. The new venue will be operated by Jason Hunnicutt and Duane DeCastro, owners and founders of 1904 Music Hall and Spliff’s Gastropub.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/underbelly-bringing-live-music-back-to-bay-street