1. Artea

Located on four acres at the intersection of Montana Avenue and Broadcast Place, the $75 million, 340-unit Artea project is a class-A multi-family development under way by Corner Lot Development Group. Adjacent to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Kings Avenue Skyway rail station, this transit oriented development will include a four-level, 425-space parking garage, pool, multiple amenity spaces and a rooftop deck for public and private use.

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2. RISE Doro

Rise, a Valdosta-based development firm, is in the process of constructing a new eight-story, 247-unit mixed-use apartment development at 960 East Adams Street in the Sports and Entertainment District. Called RISE Doro, the $67 million development will include a 284-space parking garage, 4,875 square feet of ground floor retail space and additional roof top amenities. The project should be completed in late 2023.

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3. Riverfront Plaza

Construction is underway on the first phase of Riverfront Plaza. Located on the site of the former Jacksonville Landing, Riverfront Plaza is intended to become a centerpiece park for Downtown Jacksonville. Expected to take two years and $25 million to construct, phase one will include the removal of Independent Drive to clear space for park amenities, rebuilding the bulkhead and riverwalk along the entire length of the plaza, transforming a portion of Hogan Street into a pedestrian plaza connecting and integrating the Performing Arts Center, and building park attractions such as a multipurpose lawn, a series of curving walkways, native plant gardens, a water play area and the café with roof-mounted playground. Currently unfunded, a second phase of the park could include such features as a rain garden, water feature, civic stairs, a beer garden and a pedestrian ramp from the Main Street Bridge.

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4. Pet Paradise

Pet Paradise will be opening a resort and day spa in a 6,000-square-foot retail space at the Fidelity National Information Services parking garage. Located at Riverside Avenue and Forest Street, the $1.5 million pet care center project will include a rooftop play yard and pool area for the pet resort.

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5. The Hub Brooklyn

Site work is underway on The Hub Brooklyn project at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street. The $2.46 million project is being developed by Jacksonville-based Southern Grounds & Company owner Mark Janasik and CD+urban. Tenants will include Cronk Duch Architecture, Alder & Oak restaurant and bar, a Southern Grounds coffee shop and a rooftop bar.

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6. Johnson Commons

Construction on a 91 for-sale townhome residential community continues in LaVilla. A joint project of JWB Real Estate Capital LLC. and the Corner Lot Development Group, each three-story townhouse at Johnson Commons will include a one car garage. A second phase could add retail and additional multifamily at the 3.4 acre site surrounded by Adams, Stuart, Forsyth and Lee streets.

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7. RiversEdge

Infrastructure work at the RiversEdge development continues. The first phase of the project being developed by Dallas-based Preston Hollow Capital LLC, was the construction of a $965,105 surface parking lot for the Duval County School Board. Currently, $58.4 million in infrastructure improvements are under construction. This includes roadway, water, stormwater, sanitary sewer and electrical connections. Preston Hollow then plans to sell individual property parcels on the 34-acre site to other developers.

When complete, the $693 million development is slated to bring 1,170 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of office space, 121,400 square feet of retail, a 125-slip marina and 3.5 acres of public park space to the Downtown Southbank.

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8. Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel originally opened in 1924 as 310 West Church Street Apartments, the first upscale apartments in downtown Jacksonville. Rebranded the Ambassador Hotel in 1955, the business survived until 1998 when the entire building was condemned and closed. Vacant for 24 years, Axis Hotels, LLC. is working to restore the building into a $17.6 million, 127-room TRYP by Wyndham hotel, restaurant, lounge, meeting room and fitness center. Originally intended to be completed by the end of the year, the project’s completion date is uncertain as the developer deals with unpaid liens and foreclosure lawsuits filed by contractors.

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9. Independent Life

The adaptive reuse of the Independent Life Building at 233 West Duval Street by the Augustine Development Group continues. When complete, the 165,000 square foot office tower will be converted into a $30 million mixed-use project that will include 135 market rate apartments, a 21,000 square foot grocery store and 10,000 square foot rooftop lounge and restaurant. The project’s completion date is uncertain as the developer deals with unpaid liens and foreclosure lawsuits filed by contractors.

For more information: Independent Life project up for final DDRB approval

10. Friendship Fountain Renovation

A $6 million project to overhaul Friendship Fountain continues to move slowly. Once expected to be completed in 2022, the project will convert the fountain and surrounding park into a state-of-the-art space for water and sound shows.

Photo courtesy of KenFSU

Photo courtesy of KenFSU

Photo courtesy of KenFSU

Photo courtesy of KenFSU

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11. Project 323

Miami-based 323 E Bay Street RE LLC. is in the process of restoring a historic building at 323 East Bay Street into a $4.8 million live music venue tentatively called Project 323. Designed by JAA Architecture, the three story concert venue will include a new 2,250 square foot rooftop bar. The first floor will include a main floor area with a stage and bar. An area with lounge seating, a smaller bar, exterior patio and restrooms will be located on the second floor. A roof lounge and bar will serve as the third level while the building’s basement will become space for storage, service, electrical and office uses.

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