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The Coastal Spring 2018 Issue
Building Up Jax

Building Up Jax: Brewery proposed in Brooklyn, AC Hotel coming to Southbank

Building Up Jax


A new brewery and restaurant are proposed within the warehouse district of the Brooklyn neighborhood, as first reported by Jax Daily Record.

The project, being referred to as Dora Block, would involve renovating an old church near the corner of Dora and Chelsea streets into a brewery and beer garden as well as adding an adjacent restaurant building.

It’s likely to draw complaints of gentrification, as it’s located west of Park St. in an area that has, up to now, been untouched by modern developers.

That being said, it would also help the Brooklyn neighborhood regain some development momentum – and would complement the Burlock and Barrel distillery planned just a few blocks away.


The District announced the brand of its future hotel: AC Hotel by Marriott. It’ll be the first of that brand to be built in Jacksonville.

However, the start of construction may be delayed as Jacksonville Business Journal reported this week that JEA has granted the project’s developers yet another extension on making the actual purchase of its land along the Southbank.


  • El Jefe Tex-Mex was issued a permit for build-out at 947 Edgewood Ave. S. in Murray Hill.
  • Plans were submitted for a new 21,600 square foot Subaru of Orange Park dealership just slightly north of the current one on Blanding Blvd.
  • American Freight Furniture and Mattress is preparing to move from its current location at 7380 Philips Highway to a long-vacant space in Brierwood Village Plaza at 8661 Old Kings Rd. It will occupy an unused half of what used to be grocer Pic N Save – the other half is occupied by Planet Fitness.


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