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 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. A tower crane was recently assembled on the construction site. It is anticipated that the $60 million project will be completed in 2021.

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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 summer 2020, 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.

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3. Whisper’s Oyster Bar and Crabs

Whispers Oyster Bar & Crabs will open its doors this week at the Tucker Brothers Building at 331 West Forsyth Street. With a menu serving oysters, snow crab, dungeon crab, mussels, crawfish, Caribbean and Southern cuisine, the 172-seat Whispers Oyster Bar will be open until midnight during the week and 2 am on weekends.

4. Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center

Construction continues on the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Anticipated for completion in September 2019 and being built around the Skyway’s Convention Center Station, the JRTC will include a terminal for local fixed bus routes, a First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit hub, Skyway station and administrative offices.

5. SoBA Apartments

Construction continues on a new 147-unit, 4-story Class A apartment community in the Southbank. Being developed by Catalyst Development Partners, the first residential move-ins at SoBA Apartments are anticipated for summer 2019.

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6. Coastline Drive

Work continues on the City of Jacksonville’s $31 million project to reconstruct the Coastline Drive Bridge, Liberty Street Brige and remove the courthouse parking lot over the St. Johns River. In addition, a new Northbank Riverwalk will be constructed along Coastline Drive, Market Street, Courthouse Drive and Liberty Street.

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7. 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 building will contain four apartments on the upper two floors and a restaurant on the first floor.

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8. Elena Flats

Jack Meeks and his wife, JoAnn Tredennick, continue on the extensive renovation of the Elena Flats building at 122 E. Duval St. Plans are to convert the former rooming house into four market-rate apartment units.

9. Broadstone River House Apartments

Construction nears completion on the Alliance Residential Company’s Broadstone River House Apartments project on the Southbank. The 265-unit multifamily project replaced a 3.7-acre surface parking lot adjacent to the Duval County School Board building.

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10. Riverplace Boulevard Roadway and Streetscape Improvements

Construction continues on the City of Jacksonville’s enhancement of the Southbank’s Riverplace Boulevard. When complete, the four lane road will be reduced to three and include wider sidewalks and protected bicycle lanes.

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11. Le Mesa Building

SADS Inc. has started work on transforming 905 West Forsyth Street in LaVilla into a mixed use project that will include a 5,000-square-foot “upscale neighborhood convenience store” on the ground floor and two additional floors with 16 apartments or condos. A rooftop garden and beekeeping program is also proposed for the 111-year-old building.

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12. Cypress Foral + Event Design

A new business called Cypress Foral+Event Design will open soon at 45 West Adams Street.

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