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. The Barnett
The SouthEast Development Group’s restoration of the old Barnett National Bank building is complete. A $1.5 million build-out of the ground floor for a 5,402 square foot Chase Bank branch location is now underway.
*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 continues with the demolition of former Jacksonville Landing festival marketplace. An additional $2.25 million will be set aside over the next three years to plan out a lawn for the site. The lawn will set aside two small building pads for future commercial development. An additional $250,000 will be spent on a market study to determine the shape the future building pads and what types of uses could potentially go there.
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
Augustine Development Group has completed interior demolition work and is now seeking building permit approval for the restoration of the long closed Ambassador Hotel. The St. Augustine-based developer plans to invest $6 million to retrofit the 95-year-old building into a 127-room La Quinta Inn & Suites with a rooftop bar.
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 popup 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 in the spring 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