The Doro

Georgia-based Rise Properties LLC plans to develop an 8-story, mixed-use development that will add 247 apartments to the Sports and Entertainment District. The project will include a rooftop pool, approximately 7,000 square feet of combined first floor and rooftop retail, and a seven-story parking deck. A feature wall will incorporate materials and architectural features that were found on the original Doro building. The former Forsyth Street right-of-way adjacent to the site is expected to create a destination for outdoor social activities including markets, culture, and entertainment all year around.

Investment: To be Determined

Southbank Riverwalk

Bordering the St. Johns River, this boardwalk is usually filled with joggers, tourists, folks sitting on benches, and lovers walking hand-in-hand, all of them watching the riverboats, the shorebirds, and downtown’s skyline reflected in the water. Here you can also find the water taxi dock near Chart House available for kayak launch.

About the Southbank Riverwalk Extension:
Approximately 1,900 feet of new riverfront bulkhead; a top of bank extension of the Southbank Riverwalk (approximately 1,900 linear feet); approximately 1,255 linear feet of new boardwalk; approximately 1,650 linear feet of new overland trail; parks with approximately 820 linear feet of river frontage and related amenities; a new water taxi stop; extensions of existing roadways and new roadways with enhanced sidewalks, enhanced landscaping, bike-lanes and on-street parking; and other facilities

Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott is on the rise in Brooklyn.

The city issued permits for Pinkerton & Law Construction of Orlando Inc. to build the almost $10.2 million project at 357 Oak St.

Permits show it is a 136-room, seven-story hotel on 1.8 acres. It comprises 120,185 square feet.

Museum of Science and History (MOSH)

The Museum of Science & History is a museum in Jacksonville, Florida. It is a private, non-profit institution located on the Southbank Riverwalk, and the city’s most visited museum. It specializes in science and local history exhibits. After seeing the excitement at the museum make sure to come and check out our great educational merchandise. You will be able to find science kits, minerals, plush animals, books, t-shirts, and much more!

The Museum of Science & History is seeking $80 million in public, private and community funding to renovate and expand its 50-year-old campus on Jacksonville’s Southbank. MOSH said the project will expand square footage from 77,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet, reorient the entry toward the St. Johns River and enhance the range and capacities for exhibits, installations, programming, educational alignment and immersive experiences with the latest technology. MOSH said the improvements will include a café on the park; a rooftop conference center and event space; and “Maker Spaces” and innovation labs. The exhibition areas will increase by 200 percent and will showcase Northeast Florida’s cultural, natural and innovation ecosystems, it said. Interactive displays, such as the River Table and simulated aquifer system, will provide guests with experiential learning opportunities. The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium also will also be renovated.

Event Booking:
The Museum of Science & History offers a dynamic backdrop for your next event. Imagine introducing your new business plan on the planetarium’s 60-foot dome or ringing in the New Year on the MOSH rooftop as fireworks* light up the skyline. The possibilities are endless!

Lofts at Cathedral

The project, located in the Cathedral District, will be dubbed Lofts at Cathedral. Workforce housing downtown has become a staple of Vestcor’s work. The company’s Lofts at Monroe, Lofts at LaVilla, Lofts at Jefferson Station and Lofts at Brooklyn are some of the income-capped apartments it is supplying downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods, like Murray Hill.

LaVilla Townhomes

The project is designed on 3.4 acres at Adams, Johnson, Lee and Forsyth streets in the historic Downtown neighborhood.

Johnson Commons, LLC has committed to the construction of a for-sale townhome residential community consisting of a minimum of 91 townhomes in Phase 1. All units will be offered as individual for sale product, adding to the diversity of residential options in the community. The Townhome units proposed by Johnson Commons will be three story (approximately 1400 square feet average) each with a one car garage. All 91 townhome units will be developed in single phase.

In deference to the historic architecture and heritage of La Villa, the townhomes will be frame construction, approximate 18’ widths with gable roofs and patios to emulate the feel of a second story porch. Peaked or gable roofs will differentiate units in a nod to shotgun style on all Townhome product. Units adjacent to new street will face park.

Phase 2 of the development, fronting Lee and Forsyth Street will consist of a minimum of 10,000 square feet of stand -alone retail or a mixed-use product of multi-family residential and retail that includes a minimum of 10,000 square feet of retail on first floor. Vertical construction on Phase 2 will be commenced within 7 years of closing or property will revert. In the interim, this portion of the site will be developed as green space accessible to the adjacent Emerald Trail and maintained by the Developer. Future retail and or mixed use will face trail.

The Developer to has offered to make cash contribution to be used toward development of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing park in the amount of $150,000, payable at closing.

Laura Street Trio

After the successful rehabilitation and build-out of the historic National Barnett Bank Building, Steve Atkins of the Southeast Group says he is focusing next on what area preservationists have described as the most endangered historical buildings in Jacksonville.

The three buildings known as the Laura Street Trio are the Florida National Bank Building, the Bisbee Building and the Florida Life Building. The buildings sit at the corner of Laura and Forsyth streets and each was built during a different historical period. City leadership is keen to see the buildings revitalized and put to good use attracting residents and a workforce downtown, with all the necessary entertainment and commercial services such a workforce needs.

Renovation will begin on the Laura Street Trio buildings adding a boutique hotel, high-end “Sophisticated Southern” restaurant and a rooftop bar.

This historic redevelopment project a recipient of the DIA’s Downtown Preservation and Revitalization Program (DPRP). Learn more about the program here:

Investment: $100 million

Jones Brothers Furniture Co. Building

Developer Ace Jax LLC has announced plans for the redevelopment of two long-vacant, historic properties. Plans for the Jones Brothers building include 28 apartments, more than 1,100 square feet of retail space and nearly 1,000 square feet of office space. Next door, the old Western Union building is slated for 9,600 square feet of retail space.

Investment: $13.3 million

New JEA Headquarters

Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies US Inc. will build a new, 162,000-square-foot headquarters for Jacksonville’s public utility in the Central Core at 325 W. Adams St. Ryan acquired 1.5 acres for $2.6 million in June 2019. Plans call for an adjacent 657-space garage with 10,690 square feet of activated ground floor space. The office tower and parking garage, developed by Ryan Companies US Inc., will sit on one city block, bounded by Adams, Monroe, Pearl and Julia streets adjacent to the Duval County Courthouse. JEA will lease the building from Ryan upon completion.

Investment: $72.2 million

Independent Life Building

Augustine Development Group purchased the building—now designated a local Historic Landmark—in October 2019 for
$3.7 million, with plans to invest more than $30 million in the redevelopment of the property. The developer announced
plans to renovate the 18-story, 165,000 square foot building at 233 W. Duval St. to include a 21,000-square-foot grocery store, 140 market-rate apartments and a 10,000 square foot rooftop restaurant, lounge and pool. The Developer proposes to construct a structured parking facility to serve the needs of this property as well as the redevelopment of the Ambassador Hotel and apartments along the same street. The development is projected to create 100 jobs over 14 months.

Investment: $31.7 million