- 1. Interstate 95 and Interstate 10 Operational Improvements
- 2. Hart Bridge Expressway Demolition
- 3. RISE Sports Town
- 4. Hardwick Bar
- 5. Thomas V. Porter House
- 6. JEA Headquarters
- 7. Ashley Square Apartments
- 8. Johnson Commons
- 9. RiversEdge
- 10. Old Stanton School
- 11. Interstate 10 Widening Project
- 12. Palm Avenue Streetscape
- 13. Ambassador Hotel
- 14. Independent Life
- 15. Friendship Fountain Renovation
- 16. Project 323
- Downtown Continued
- Riverside/Murray Hill
- San Marco
- Rail Yard District / Durkeeville
1. Interstate 95 and Interstate 10 Operational Improvements
Construction nears completion on a $126 million expansion of the Fuller Warren Bridge and I-95/I-10 interchange. The project includes a 12-foot shared use path over the St. Johns River, connecting San Marco and Riverside.
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.
Aesthetic enhancements include architecturally decorative lighting features on the shared use path, and new monument signs at Stockton and College Streets.
For more information: FDOT
2. Hart Bridge Expressway Demolition
The $39 million replacement of the Hart Bridge Expressway ramps near TIAA Bank Field is just about complete. Intended to improve accessibility of property around TIAA Bank Field, the project has created an at-grade boulevard and entrance to the stadium between A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and the Hart Bridge with elevated expressway ramps remaining on either end of the project.
3. RISE Sports Town
Rise, a Valdosta-based development firm, is in the process of constructing a new eight-story, 247-unit mixed-use apartment development at 960 East Adams Street in the Sports and Entertainment District. Called RISE Sports Town, the $67 million development will include a 284-space parking garage, 4,875 square feet of ground floor retail space and additional roof top amenities. A summer 2023 completion date is anticipated.
For more information: Doro’s days come to an end as demolition begins
4. Hardwick Bar
Originally built in 1926, a 3,479-square-foot space at 100 East Adams Street is in the process of being renovated into Hardwicks Bar. Owned and operated by business partners Elias Hionides and Tim Hoal, Hardwicks Bar will be the first LGBTQIA+ bar to open in Jacksonville in 20 years. The $500,000 project, which will include a main bar in the front and a smaller back bar, is anticipated to be open by March 2023.
For more information: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/hardwicks-bar-plans-march-opening
5. Thomas V. Porter House
The Thomas V. Porter mansion was designed by architect Henry John Klutho as a private residence and completed in 1902. It was acquired by JWB Real Estate Capital in August 2020. JWB is in the process of restoring the building to contain 16,000 square feet of single tenant office space. A 4,300-square-foot basement will be reserved for restaurant space when the market can support it. In addition, an adjacent lot immediately south of the Porter House will be transformed into an outdoor seating area.
For more information: Porter Mansion renovations begin Downtown
6. JEA Headquarters
Construction is nearing completion on a new 162,000 square foot headquarters building for JEA. The $68 million project at 325 West Adams Street will include a 657-space parking garage with 10,690 square feet of ground level retail space.
For more information: JEA Shrinks plan for new downtown headquarters
7. Ashley Square Apartments
Construction nears completion on a new $15 million affordable housing infill development for residents aged 62 years old and above. A joint venture between Tampa-based Blue Sky Communities, LLC. and Aging True, the six-story Ashley Square Apartments project will add 120 multifamily residential units at the northwest corner of East Ashley and Newnan Streets.
For more information: Ashley Square project getting underway
8. Johnson Commons
Construction on a 91 for-sale townhome residential community is now underway in LaVilla. A joint project of JWB Real Estate Capital LLC and Corner Lot Development Group, each three-story 1,400-square foot townhouses at Johnson Commons will include a one car garage. All townhome units will be developed in phase one. A second phase could add retail and additional multifamily at the 3.4 acre site surrounded by Adams, Stuart, Forsyth and Lee streets.
For more information: https://www.breeze-homes.com/johnson-commons/
After seven years of planning, infrastructure work at the RiversEdge development continues. The first phase of the project being developed by Dallas-based Preston Hollow Capital LLC, was the construction of a $965,105 surface parking lot for the Duval County School Board. The next step in the development of the 32-acre site will be the construction of $58.349 million in site infrastructure improvements, including roadway, water, stormwater, sanitary sewer and electrical connections. Preston Hollow then plans to sell individual property parcels on the site to other developer
When complete, the development is slated to bring 950 residential units, 147 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of office space, 134,000 square feet of retail, a 125-slip marina and more than four acres of public park space to the Downtown Southbank.
For more information: Preston Hollow plans May 25th Groundbreaking at the District
10. Old Stanton School
Historic Stanton Inc. plans to restore LaVilla’s Old Stanton High School. When complete, the structure could contain a food hall, museum, event and educational space. Work underway at the moment, involves repairing the building’s roof and replacing its exterior windows.
For more information: https://www.historicstanton.org/
11. Interstate 10 Widening Project
Construction continues on the $176.4 million widening of Interstate 10 from Interstate 295 to Interstate 95. project improvements include:
Widening from six to ten lanes
Construction of noise barrier walls at various locations
Improvements at the Day Avenue Pedestrian Tunnel
Additional turn lanes and Lane Avenue and Cassat Avenue interchanges
Sidewalk, lighting and signage improvements throughout the project limits
The widening project is expected to be completed in early 2025.
For more information, call 630-CITY (2489) or visit COJ.net
12. Palm Avenue Streetscape
A project to transform Palm Avenue, between Gary Street and Prudential Drive, into a into a context sensitive boulevard featuring wide landscaped sidewalks and medians continues.
For more information: Baptist Health Plans Massive Downtown Expansion
13. Ambassador Hotel
The Ambassador Hotel originally opened in 1924 as 310 West Church Street Apartments, the first upscale apartments in downtown Jacksonville. Rebranded the Ambassador Hotel in 1955, the business survived until 1998 when the entire building was condemned and closed. Vacant for 24 years, the brick and limestone Georgian Revival style building is poised to be completely renovated by March 2023. Axis Hotels, LLC is now in the process of a $17.6 million restoration of the Ambassador into a 100-room TRYP by Wyndham hotel, restaurant, lounge, meeting room and fitness center.
For more information: Ambassador Hotel redevelopment plans
14. Independent Life
The adaptive reuse of the Independent Life Building at 233 West Duval Street continues. Proposed by Augustine Development Group, the 165,000 square foot office tower will be converted into a $30 million mixed-use project that will include 135 market rate apartments, a 21,000 square foot grocery store/food hall and 10,000 square foot rooftop lounge and restaurant.
For more information: Independent Life project up for final DDRB approval
15. Friendship Fountain Renovation
A $6 million project to overhaul Friendship Fountain continues. Expected to be completed in 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: One Year Late, Renovation To Begin On Southbank’s Friendship Fountain
16. Project 323
Miami-based 323 E Bay Street RE LLC. is in the process of restoring a historic building at 323 East Bay Street into a $4.8 million live music venue tentatively called Project 323. Designed by JAA Architecture, the three story concert venue will include a new 2,250 square foot rooftop bar. The first floor will include a main floor area with a stage and bar. An area with lounge seating, a smaller bar, exterior patio and restrooms will be located on the second floor. A roof lounge and bar will serve as the third level while the building’s basement will become space for storage, service, electrical and office uses.
For more information: https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/live-music-venue-planned-downtown-project-323/