1. Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk

Vantage Hospitality Group is investing up to $20 million in the renovation of the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk.

[ quote ]Rooms will be renovated in phases with new carpeting, windows, balconies, doors and furnishings as well as redesigned bathrooms.

The hotel will remain open during the project.

The work will include an exterior re-facing, roof replacement, new windows, a renovated porte cochere in the front, the addition of a porte cochere at the entrance of the convention center in the back along Prudential Drive, a remodeled pool area and a redesigned fifth-floor terrace.

In the ground-floor public areas, the lobby, lounge and restaurant will see significant upgrades. Carpeting will be replaced by hard flooring and new furnishings will be added throughout, in addition to the drop ceilings.

The lobby will be redesigned and moved closer to the front, opening up a sight-line to the pool area. It also will have a coffee bar and an art wall and water feature that will front most of the elevators, which now are exposed.

The expanded lobby lounge will be rebuilt with a loggia so that part of the seating area will be outside under cover.

The fitness center will be renovated and the ground-floor restaurant will be renovated with a covered outdoor seating area.[ quote ]</i>

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2.The First Coast Mohs Skin Center

Plans are underway to transform a 1.2-acre site, at Park and Rosselle Streets, into a 2-story 11,516 square foot medical office building and associated retail. The First Coast Mohs Skin Center will occupy the first floor of the proposed Spanish-styled structure. “Mohs” refers to a technique that removes cancerous tissue with minimal effects to healthy tissue. The second floor will be for general offices. The building’s footprint will face Park Street with parking in the rear, along Rosselle and Chelsea Streets. The project should be completed by November 2016.

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3. Beaver Street Villas

LaVilla’s long closed New Center Hotel at 605 North Broad Street is being renovated by nearby Clara White Mission into street level offices and 16 upper level apartment units.

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4. 100 North Laura Street

The renovation of 100 North Laura Street continues. Plans involve lobby renovations, exterior canopies, lighting and a new 4,700-square-foot restaurant that will be operated by Black Sheep. However, the restaurant will have a different concept and name than the popular Five Points establishment.

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5. Washington Street Bridge

The Washington Street Bridge over Hogans Creek is in the process of being replaced. The $1.7 million project includes replacing the existing bridge box culvert with a single span culvert, resurfacing the roadway and reconstructing existing sidewalks. The 10-month long project is expected to be completed in summer 2016.

6. Public House Coffee

Public House Coffee plans to open a new “flagship” coffeehouse at the Jacksonville Landing this summer. The basic concept of Public House will be espresso-based coffee drinks and iced drinks, as well as drip coffee from beans roasted by the company, which it will also sell wholesale in the store. Public House also plans to serve pastries, as well as biscotti. The coffeehouse will be located in a storefront facing Independent Drive that was formerly occupied by Starbucks.

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7. Amerisbank

Construction is underway on a new Ameris Bank branch on the ground floor of 121 Atlantic Place. Ameris will lease 2,000 square feet in Suite 150 of 121 Atlantic Place and put up signs on the glass storefront windows and doors as well as an exterior sign on the corner of the building at Hogan and Forsyth streets.

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8. City Hall

Renovation work continues to take place on the historic St. James Building. Originally completed in 1912 as a department store, the building currently serves as Jacksonville’s City Hall.

9. First Coast Fashions

First Coast Fashions, a women’s apparel retailer specializing in health, wellness, anti-aging, skincare, name brand apparel, clubwear and dancewear will be opening soon at 223 North Hogan Street. FCF anticipates opening this summer.

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10. The Bank Barbecue and Bakery

A new restaurant called The Bank Barbecue and Bakery will be opening in this fall at 331 West Forsyth Street.

11. Laura Apartments

Ron Chamblin, owner of the city’s largest independent bookstore, is in the process of restoring a three story building at 225 North Laura Street. When complete, the 100-year-old building will include six apartments above street level retail.

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12. Cowford Chophouse

The restoration of the historic Bostwick Building continues to move forward. Forking Amazing Restaurants intends to convert the structure into an upscale steakhouse restaurant called the Cowford Chophouse. When complete later this year, the two floor dining establishment will feature a rooftop lounge with spectacular views of the city.

13. Riverside YMCA

Construction continues on the new YMCA on Riverside Avenue. The new facility will be 72,000 square feet, about 8,000 square feet bigger than the current one, which was built in the 1950s. Work is expected to be completed this year.

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14. Elena Flats

Jack Meeks and his wife, JoAnn Tredennick, recently purchased the Elena Flats building at 122 E. Duval St. Work is underway to convert the former rooming house into four market-rate apartment units. Barring unforeseen complications, the apartments should be ready for rent in early 2017.

15. Intuition Ale Works/Manifest Distilling

The 36,000-square foot warehouse at 929 East Bay Street is being converted into a new brewery and distillery. Intuition Ale Works will occupy roughly 60% of the structure. Manifest Distilling will occupy the structure’s remaining space. Intuition Ale Works is anticipated to open its new location in summer 2016. Manifest will open in summer 2016.

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16. Broadstone River House Apartments

Sitework is underway on the Alliance Residential Company’s Broadstone River House Apartments project on the Southbank. The 265-unit multifamily project will replace a 3.7-acre surface parking lot adjacent to the Duval County School Board building.

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17. State & Union Street Resurfacing Project

The Florida Department of Transportation is investing $13 million in the resurfacing of State and Unions Streets and the Mathews Expressway between I-95 and MLK, Jr. Parkway. The 4-mile project includes repairing and replacing sidewalks, upgrades to handicap-accessible sidewalk ramps, crosswalks and repair to storm drain pipes and inlets. Also included in this project is the conversion of Main Street, between State and Union Streets, from a one-way to a two-way street. This project is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2017.

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18. FSCJ Dormitory

The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is in the process of converting the long vacant Lerner Shops Building into student housing. When complete, FSCJ plans to house up to 60 students in the structure at 20 W. Adams Street. In addition, FSCJ plans to open a “Panera-style” culinary café on the building’s ground floor that will act as showcase for the school’s culinary program.

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19. Level Jacksonville

Chicago-based Iconic Investors LLC acquired the 106-year old Groover-Stewart Drug Company warehouse building for $2.05 million. The 53,000 square-foot Groover Stewart Building is located at 25 Market Street, the 53,000-square foot building is in the process of being renovated into office uses.

20. EverBank Field

Construction is underway on a new flex field and amphitheater at EverBank Field. The 5,500-seat amphitheater and flex field, which will be used for an indoor practice facility, as well as an events and entertainment venue, have been portrayed as a “game changer” by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

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21. Bold City Brewery Downtown

Bold City Brewery is in the process of opening a new brewery and taproom at 109 E. Bay Street, next to the Cowford Chophouse. The new three-barrel system downtown location is intended to give brewers a chance to try new recipes and brew small, single batches.

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22. Breezy Jazz Club

The Breezy Jazz Club will be opening soon at 119 West Adams Street. It will be a place where people can enjoy drinks, food and live music all at once.

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23. Drybar

Drybar, a hair chain specializing in blowouts is in the process of opening its first Florida location in Brooklyn Station. The new salon will occupy a 1,400-square-foot space between Zoe’s Kitchen and The Hyppo.

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24. Hair Peace

Hairpeace, a salon in Five Points, is in the process of constructing a new location at 2534 Oak Street.

25. Studio Apothecary White

Christianna Louise White will be opening Studio Apothecary White at 1268 McDuff Avenue South.

26. Luba’s Pet Grooming

Luba’s Pet Grooming will be opening in the former Cafe Freda space at 2782 Park Street.

27. Five Points Tavern

Five Points Tavern will open at the former site of O’Brothers Irish Pub. Featuring regional American food, the restaurant will also include 15 beer taps, wine and cocktails.

28. Riverside Dog Park

Construction on the Riverside Dog Park continues. The 2-acre, off-leash park will be located under I-95 in Riverside Park.

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29. Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House

Hoptinger Bier Garden and Sausage House will be investing $1 million to build-out a new restaurant and bar in Five Points at 1037 Park Street. The new restaurant is expected to open in 2016.

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30. The Mazer

A new bar called The Mazer is expected to open at 1512 King Street in this summer. The bar will specialize in craft beer, cider, mead and wine.

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31. Bearded Buffalo Brewing Company

Construction continues on the Bearded Buffalo Brewing Company on King Street. When complete, the entertainment venue will offer craft beer, a broad liquor selection and food. The 99-seat restaurant/bar will be located at 1012 King St. between Burger King and Panda House.

32. Happy Grilled Cheese

Happy Grilled Cheese is opening a brick and mortar across the street in the original Cozy Tea space.

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33. Burlock & Barrel Whiskey Distillery

The Burlock & Barrel American Whiskey Distillery plans to open the city’s first licensed whiskey distillery to produce premium spirits by Winter 2016. The new distillery will be located at 2670 Rosselle Street #3.

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34. Richard’s Sandwich Shoppe

Richards’s Sandwich Shoppe at 1030 Oak Street was acquired by Steve Williams in June 2016. Williams’ intends to develop the space into something that extends the vibrancy of Park Street.

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35. South Kitchen and Spirits

Construction continues on South Kitchen and Spirits at 3638 Park Street. The new 250-seat, 8,071-square-foot restaurant is expected to be completed in September 2016.

36. Whit’s Frozen Custard

Whit’s Frozen Custard will be opening a new location in Avondale at 3545 St. Johns Avenue. The new eatery will be the Northeast Florida-based chain’s fourth. Other locations are in Jax Beach, Mandarin and Atlantic Beach.

37. Magnolia’s Pub

1198 South Edgewood Avenue will become the new location of Magnolia’s Pub. The family friendly restaurant serving waffle sandwiches, salads, dessert waffles, weekend brunch and pub fare was recently approved for a parking reduction and outside sales of beer, wine and liquor. The new restaurant is currently under construction and expected to open in August.

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38. La Cena

Downtown’s La Cena Ristorante will be moving to 911 Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill.

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39. 1050 Edgewood Avenue

Construction on a new 3,150 square foot coin laundry building for Shin Lee, by The Noble Construction Group, Inc., is now underway at 1050 Edgewood Avenue in Murray Hill.

40. FLA Smoke Shop

FLA Smoke Shop will open a new 798-square-foot store in Murray Hill. The store will be located in Sleiman’s Edgewood Avenue Plaza at 921 Edgewood Avenue.


41. 348 East Third Street

Take 2 LLC is in the process of renovating a mixed use building at the intersection of 3rd & Walnut. The long abandoned 7,945-square-feet building was built in 1919.

42. Dozier Apartments

Construction continues on a 14-unit affordable housing apartment complex at 122 West 8th Street. The proposed multi-family infill project will be developed by Operation New Hope.

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43. Main Space

Fashion designer and Jacksonville native Alyssa Key is planning to turn 1101 Main Street into a mix of uses. Uses include the Love Brigade & Crux Collective on the second floor, Southern Roots Filling Station (coffeehouse), Main Space (a multi-use space), and perhaps a beer garden will be on the first floor. Main Space is expected to open in 2016.

44. Crispy’s - 1735 North Main Street

Although exterior work has not started, owner John Crispens continues to progress on the interior conversion of 1735 N. Main St. into an Italian-themed restaurant and bar, art gallery and dry cleaning service. Originally, the Akra Bros. department store, the 5,850-square-foot space will feature a 150-seat restaurant that will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

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45. Hubbard Street Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation’s $1.5 million project to reconstruct and replace the Newnan/Hubbard Street Bridge over Hogan’s Creek, is underway. The project includes removing the existing bridge deck while retaining the existing historic architectural walls of the Henry J. Klutho-designed bridge that dates back to 1929. The roadway approaches will also be rebuilt to facilitate the bridge replacement. The project also includes refurbishing existing sidewalks and adding bike lanes. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2016.

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46. Woolworth’s Building

Petra Managment is in the process of restoring the former Woolworth’s Building on Main Street, between 7th and 8th Streets. Plans call for creating six retail bays on the ground floor and residential units upstairs.

47. Springfield Restorations and New Construction

Every week, it appears that more restoration and residential infill projects are getting underway in Springfield.


48. Interstate 95 Overland Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began January 14, 2013 to replace the series of overpasses that carry traffic over Hendricks, Kings and Montana avenues along 2.3 miles of I-95 near downtown Jacksonville in Duval County. Known as the Overland Bridge project, it will improve traffic flow along the I-95 corridor just south of the Fuller Warren Bridge. I-95 will be widened to provide an additional lane for southbound traffic. As the project is built, traffic will use parallel roadways, which upon completion of the I-95 bridge structures, will remain and provide additional capacity for traffic between the Fuller Warren Bridge and north of Emerson Street. The $227 million project is estimated to be completed in 2016.

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49. San Marco Station/The Hexagon/La Nopalera

Popular Mexican restaurant La Nopalera plans to relocate from 1629 Hendricks Avenue to San Marco Station in a few months. Work is now underway on the restoration of a building that dates back to days of the City of South Jacksonville, which merged with Jacksonville during the early 1930s. Also, a retail kiosk called “The Hexagon” is being added in the courtyard of San Marco Station for an additional tenant.

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50. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

Construction is underway on a 9-story cancer center complex on San Marco Boulevard near I-95. The project is expected to be completed by early 2018.

51. Rue St. Marc

Brothers Matthew and David Medure plan to open Rue St. Marc at the intersection of San Marco Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue in San Marco Square. Anticipated to open this fall, the 150-seat restaurant will serve French-American food and craft cocktails.

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52. Towers of Jacksonville

The Retirement Housing Foundation is spending $8.5 million to renovate the Towers of Jacksonville affordable housing complex. Work being performed on the 194 unit apartment building includes the replacement of plumbing, HVAC, wiring, elevators and other infrastructure throughout the 44-year-old building. In addition, each apartment will be modernized with new kitchen cabinets, full-size appliances, new bathrooms, fresh paint and carpeting.

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53. Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

Bold Bean Coffee Roasters plans to open a new location in San Marco by early fall 2016. The 2,088-square-foot San Marco coffeehouse will be located at 1903 Hendricks Avenue.

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54. Town Hall Restaurant

The Grotto wine bar recently closed after 20 years in business. Plans call for the space to be transformed into a 50-seat restaurant concentrating on food and wine pairings. Called Town Hall, the restaurant is expected to open by the end of the year.

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Development update by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at