Article by Ennis Davis, AICP
1. Vista Brooklyn
Construction continues on a 10-story, 308-unit high-rise apartment tower at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Jackson Street in Brooklyn. Apartment units will include 219 one-bedroom and studio units, 81 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units. Amenities include a rooftop pool, beer garden, and a 450-space parking garage. In addition, 14,000-square feet of street level retail space will be built along Riverside Avenue. It is anticipated that the $60 million project will be completed in 2021.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/construction-on-the-vista-brooklyn-to-begin-soon
2.Interstate 95 and Interstate 10 Operational Improvements
Construction continues on a $128 million expansion of the Fuller Warren Bridge and I-95/I-10 interchange. The project, which is expected to be completed in spring 2021, will include the addition of a 12-foot shared use path over the St. Johns River, connecting San Marco and Riverside. Operational improvements and enhancements will be made to the interchange at Interstate 95 and Interstate 10, the Fuller Warren Bridge, and along the east side of U.S.17 north bound between McDuff Avenue and Rosselle Street.
Operational improvements include:
Interstate 95 (Fuller Warren Bridge) improvements:
Widening of the Fuller Warren Bridge expanding northbound and southbound lanes from three lanes to four lanes.
Adding a Shared Use Path (SUP) on the Fuller Warren Bridge for pedestrians and bicyclists connecting San Marco and Riverside neighborhoods.
Interstate 10 Improvements:
Providing a dedicated ramp to Irene and Stockton Street to reduce weaving traffic merging from Interstate 95 southbound to Interstate10 westbound.
Widening of overpass from Interstate 95 northbound to Interstate 10 westbound, allowing for future improvements along Interstate 10 westbound.
For more informaton: https://i75northflorida.com/10and95/Pages/Home.aspx
3. Hart Bridge Expressway Demolition
The $39 million replacement of the Hart Bridge Expressway ramps near TIAA Bank Field continues. Intended to improve accessibility of property around TIAA Bank Field to existing expressway traffic, plans call for an at-grade boulevard and entrance to the stadium, with elevated expressway ramps remaining on either end of the project. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.
4. Crazy Beans Coffee
Fleming Island-based Crazy Beans Coffee plans to open a breakfast and lunch cafe on the ground floor of the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center. The restaurant should open in early 2021.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/crazy-beans-coffee-planned-inside-jacksonville-regional-transportation-center
5. Greedy Spoon Seafood Restaurant
Business owner Marilyn Craig plans to open the Greedy Spoon Seafood Restaurant at 311 West Ashley Street in February. Menu items will include garlic crab trays, chicken, fried seafood dinners, shrimp, crab and fish po’boys. Seafood will be sourced from Brunswick, Mayport and the shrimp boat of the business owner’s brother.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/greedy-spoon-seafood-restaurant-planned-for-downtown
6. Seminole Club Building
JWB Real Estate Companies, LLC. is in the process of constructing a rooftop patio to the Seminole Club Building at 400 North Hogan Street. The 800 square foot space is intended to complement an interior event space planned for the building. JWB is also working to move forward with the restoration of the adjacent Federal Reserve Bank and Florida Baptist Convention buildings. When complete, the project will feature Sweet Pete’s, loft apartments, restaurant, event and retail space surrounding a courtyard with outdoor dining.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/chamblin-plans-downtown-apartments-restaurant
7. The Villages of Cathedral
The restoration of four Cathedral District multifamily properties are underway at 505 North Liberty Street after being acquired for $365,000 in April 2020. Constructed in 1909 and 1910, active building permits for The Villages of Cathedral LLC. indicate the proposed residential use will accommodate multiple families.
8. JEA Headquarters
Construction is underway on a new 162,000 square foot headquarters building for JEA. The $68 million project at 325 West Adams Street will include a 657-space parking garage with 10,690 square feet of ground level retail space.
9. Ashley Square Apartments
Construction is underway on the transformation of an 1.02-acre surface parking lot at the northwest corner of East Ashley and Newnan Streets into an affordable housing development for residents aged 62 years old and up. A joint venture between Tampa-based Blue Sky Communities, LLC. and Aging True, the $15 million project will include the construction of a six-story, 120 unit residential structure and 160-space parking garage.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/ashley-square-project-getting-underway/
10. Residence Inn by Marriott
Greenbelt, MD based Baywood Hotels is in the process of developing a 135-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Brooklyn. Overlooking Unity Plaza, the $10.2 million, seven-story hotel will be located at 357 Oak Street.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/residence-inn-by-marriotts-revised-plans-for-brooklyn/
11. Southbank Apartments
Construction continues on an infill luxury multi-family development on a 2.89-acre surface parking lot between the Acosta Bridge and the Eight Forty One building. What will be a seven-story, 84-foot-tall building with 185 residential units, a 178-space garage and 33 surface parking spaces is being constructed by Geismar, Louisiana-based Ventures Development Group, LLC. at 959 Prudential Drive.
12. Ashley Street Container Project
The development of a shipping container infill residential project by JWB Real Estate continues 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