A look at new developments underway in Jacksonville
As usual, a myriad of projects are currently underway throughout Northeast Florida.
And, as always, The Times-Union will closely follow new developments in our fast-growing region.
This list will be updated throughout the summer, so be sure to check this page and Jacksonville.com regularly as we add more.
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Groundbreaking for the Four Seasons Hotel Jacksonville is slated for this year at the shipyards | The construction of a waterfront development anchored by Four Seasons Hotel Jacksonville will begin later this year under the management of luxury hotel builder PCL Construction, said Jaguars and team owner Shad Khan, Iguana Investments. The Jacksonville City Council approved $114 million in taxpayer support for the deal in a unanimous vote last October. Khan and his Iguana investments are to spend at least $301 million in private financing for the five-star development that would contain approximately 176 hotel rooms, 25 luxury condominiums and a six-story Class A office building, under the terms of the development agreement.
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Renderings show 40-story tower for Berkman II demolition site | The Berkman Plaza II on downtown Northbank was long since demolished earlier this year. Shortly after the rubble settled, PB Riverfront Revitalization of Jacksonville LLC released renderings for the site, showing an initial cost estimate of $170 million for a mixed-use skyscraper. Plans call for a 40-story, 550-foot-tall condominium, which would be the second-tallest building in Jacksonville. The design by KBJ Architects Inc. includes approximately 250 apartments, 219 condos for sale and 25,000 square feet of retail space.
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Apartments for the elderly are set to open in August in the city center’s Cathedral Quarter | Jacksonville seniors will soon have a new affordable apartment community downtown. Ashley Square is a new seniors’ apartment building — for seniors age 62 and older — being built on a vacant 1.03 acre lot at 650 Newnan St. N. and 116 E. Beaver St. in the cathedral district of the city. They will consist of 120 units, ranging from 585 square feet for a one-bedroom/one-bathroom unit to 853 square feet for a two-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment, depending on the floor plans.
Redevelopment of Jacksonville’s former Jewish center could begin in late 2022 | Construction could begin late next year on the highly anticipated Springfield Lofts redevelopment project on the former site of the Jacksonville Jewish Center in historic Springfield. Plans call for 78 apartments and approximately 8,000 square feet of commercial office space to be built on the site acquired in 2013 and developed by Tampa-headquartered GNP Development Partners LLC. The project has been under construction since 2013, when the land was acquired.
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Jacksonville International Airport is expanding with a new $300 million concourse | A new $300 million concourse at Jacksonville International Airport is set to begin in October with a redesign of the screening area for travelers, followed by construction of the new six-door concourse for aircraft to be used by the mid-2025. The interior architecture will use a modern design to match the two existing concourses by featuring an abundance of glass and natural light, highlighted by a huge wall-sized window overlooking the runways at the end of the concourse, according to the Aviation Authority Chief Operating Officer Tony Cugno.
Downtown St. Johns will welcome Marshalls and other new stores this year | Marshalls is one of several new stores already open or to come in downtown St. Johns, in the South Jacksonville neighborhood. Others include Free People Movement, Fresh Mex & Co, AO Fragrances, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Offline by Aerie.
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Hurricane-damaged Jacksonville Beach fishing pier will finally reopen this summer | After sustaining damage nearly six years ago, the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier will reopen to the public with its repairs this summer. Hurricane Matthew first destroyed part of the 1,300-foot-long pier in October 2016, and a year later Hurricane Irma did even more damage. Since then, the first half of the pier has been open for use, but it closed again in 2019 for further repairs.
Publix and Crossings at Wildlight shopping center set for June opening in Nassau County | Wildlight is weeks away from opening its first grocery store, which will coincide with the opening of the new Crossings at Wildlight mall in Yulee. Publix Super Markets Inc. is opening both a grocery store and liquor store to anchor the mall in the heart of Nassau County’s new 2,900-acre community. A Publix spokeswoman said the store was scheduled to open in early June. Other mall tenants are in the construction phase. Among the first restaurants slated to open in Crossings at Wildlight is Grumpy’s Restaurant.