13. Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. Headquarters
Construction continues on a $145 million world headquarters office tower for Jacksonville-based Fortune 500 company Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. Anticipated 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.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/renderings-brooklyns-proposed-fis-world-headquarters/
14. Times Union Bulkhead Replacement Project
Riverwalk bulkhead replacement work and installation of new floating docks continue along the Northbank and Southbank Riverwalks. The reconstruction of the docks destroyed by Hurricane Irma and Matthew several years ago is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for $3.895 million. The City of Jacksonville anticipates completion by late 2021.
*For more information, call 630-CITY (2489) or visit www.coj.net
15. Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Tower
Construction continues 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/
16. Bread & Board Provisions
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. A craft burger concept called The Board & Burger is also planned for an outdoor space between the Life of the South Building and the VyStar Parking Garage.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/bread-board-restaurant-and-market-coming-downtown/
17. 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.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/ruby-beach-brewing-relocating-to-downtown-jacksonville/
18. Friendship Fountain Renovation
A $6 million project to overhaul Friendship Fountain is now underway. Expected to be completed by early 2022, the project will convert the fountain and surrounding park into a state-of-the-art space for water and sound shows.
For more information: https://news.wjct.org/post/one-year-late-renovation-begin-southbank-s-friendship-fountain
19. Strayer University
Strayer University, a private university focused on business, IT, health care and career-related degrees, is in the process of building out a 4,560 square foot space at 220 Riverside in Brooklyn. Strayer intends to open the recruitment hub, learning center and administrative office by September.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/strayer-university-to-open-in-brooklyn
20. Berkman Plaza II Demolition
Efforts to demolish the long abandoned and unfinished 18-story Berkman Plaza 2 tower are now underway. Pece of Mind Environmental construction crews are in the process of removing the structure floor-by-floor as opposed to an implosion. When the demolition is complete, new property owner Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization plans to construct a 300-unit residential high-rise with retail and public park space at the site.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/demolition-crews-working-at-berkman-ii-downtown
21. The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge
The Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge plans to open a new location at 345 East Bay Street. Currently located in Springfield, the Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge combines the love of baked goods, desserts, music and community.
For more information: https://www.sweetspoturbanlounge.com/
22. Main Street Bridge Ramp Removal
The Florida Department of Transportation is in the process of removing the Independent Drive ramp leading to the southbound lane of the Main Street Bridge permanently. The $584,000 demolition project is expected to be completed by the end of summer. The 1.67 acres of land created from the demolition will be added to the former Jacksonville Landing site for future infill development.
23. Fizzies & Fare Cafe
Jacksonville-based Sweet Pete’s will be opening a new restaurant on the ground level of the historic Seminole Club building at 400 North Hogan Street. According to the website of Sweet Pete’s, Fizzles & Fare will serve light bites, cover-the-top milkshakes, champagne cocktails, & more in a bubbly and whimsical space.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/sweet-petes-announces-opening-of-fizzies-and-fare-downtown
Jason Hunnicutt and Duane De Castro, owners and founders of 1904 Music Hall, Headroom Coffee Bar and Spliff’s Gastropub, plan to reopen the music venue Underbelly at 113 East Bay Street. The plan is to open the 4,500 square foot live music venue in September. A full lineup of bands should be announced by August.
For more information: https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2021/07/06/underbelly-live-music-venue-slated-to-reopen-this.html
25. Indulgence Southern Bistro
A new restaurant called Indulgence Southern Bistro will be opening soon at 315 West Forsyth Street.