Rail Yard District / Durkeeville / Eastside

69. Dollar General

Concept Development Inc. of Gainesville is in the process of developing a 10,640-square-foot Dollar General at 1050 East 8th Street. The $420,000 project is located on a 1.22-acre former brownfield site in the Eastside.

70. Union Terminal Warehouse Company

Covering 330,000 square feet of space, the Union Terminal Warehouse Company was said to be the largest warehouse in Florida when it was completed in 1913 by the Turner Construction Company. After being acquired by Columbia Ventures in December 2018, with plans to utilize historic tax credits and opportunity zone equity as key components of the capital stack, the restoration of the Eastside’s 109-year-old Union Terminal Warehouse is now moving forward.

Restoration work is now underway to renovate the Eastside landmark at 700 East Union Street into a mixed-use development featuring 220 workforce and market-rate apartments and 38,000 square feet of commercial, retail and dining space. In addition, the $57.1 million project will include an 80 space indoor parking area and a rooftop amenitized with a rooftop terrace.

71. Debs Store

LIFT JAX is in the process of working to renovate the long closed Debs Store at 1478 Florida Avenue. The plan is to nearly double the store’s size and add additional services. Goodwill Inc. is set to run a new grocery store on the first floor and offer employment services on the second floor. In addition, VyStar Credit Union will provide an ATM and banking services onsite.The project is estimated to be completed in summer 2023.

72. McCoys Creek Greenway

Construction on phase one of the McCoys Creek Restoration Project continues. It is being funded with $105.4 million from the City of Jacksonville to remedy McCoys Creek flooding, create neighborhood-friendly spaces, improve recreational opportunity, and protect the environment. Major components of the 18 month project include the permanent closure of portions of McCoys Creek Boulevard, reconstruction of the Stockton and King Street bridges, creek restoration and Emerald Trail construction.

The restoration of the creek, which was channelized in 1930, will involve restoring the waterway to a meandering natural channel design and expanding the flood plain with the addition of natural water containment features, such as lagoons and tidal pools. The former road bed of McCoys Creek Boulevard will be replaced with a new segment of the Emerald Trail. When complete, the trail component of the project will connect the historic Westside neighborhoods of Lackawanna, Mixon Town, Campbell Hill (Rail Yard District) and Brooklyn to the Northbank Riverwalk.

For more information: McCoys Creek restoration project now underway

73. W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc.

Construction is underway on a two-story 49,665-square-foot office and administrative building for W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor Inc. in North Riverside. The $15.31 million project is being developed on 3.74 arces at 524 Stockton Street. The corporate headquarters will replace structures that were damaged by fire in August 2020.

Construction on the first segment of Groundwork Jacksonville’s planned 30-mile Emerald Trail system continues. Called the LaVilla Link, the 1.3 mile multiuse path will connect the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, LaVilla and the Rail Yard District with the S-Line Urban Greenway near Durkeeville.

For more information: Ground broken on first link in Jacksonville’s 30-mile urban Emerald Trail

75. 1220 West State Street

The rehabilitation of the former USNR manufacturing complex at 1220 West State Street continues. Dating back to 1913, the nine square block collection of warehouses are being improved and leased to various tenants, including the Thybar Corporation and Workhouse Garage Door Company.

Now, the City of Jacksonville may provide a $100,000 grant for New York-based Ferrosource LLC to open a steel products facility at the complex. Ferrosource intends to invest $10 million and create 50 new jobs within five years at an average annual salary of $58,000.

76. Dennis + Ives

Located just west of Downtown Jacksonville, 95 Arch Partners QOZ Fund LLC have big plans for an 85,000 square foot former cold storage warehouse complex that originated during the late 1890s as the Florida Ice Manufacturing Company. Interior build-out is underway on a creative office space housed in a former cold storage warehouse. Additional potential uses include a craft brewery or distillery, café, restaurant and outdoor event space. In addition, Nashville-based Marathon Live has announced plans to build a 26,000-square-foot Music Works concert hall at the redevelopment project.

For more information: Dennis + Ives proposed for Rail Yard District

77. Jacksonville Pavers Holdings

Jacksonville Pavers Holdings, LLC is in the process of retrofitting a closed industrial facility at 1901 McQuade Street in Robinson’s Addition. Renovation efforts include the installation of pit and bins for mixers, conveying equipment and silos.


Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Davis is a certified senior planner and graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the author of the award winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” Davis has served with various organizations committed to improving urban communities, including the American Planning Association and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. A 2013 Next City Vanguard, Davis is the co-founder of and — two websites dedicated to promoting fiscally sustainable communities — and Transform Jax, a tactical urbanist group. Contact Ennis at