LAURA ST TRIO + BARNETT BANK PROJECT OFF AND RUNNING
Construction began this week on the redevelopment of the Laura Street Trio and Barnett Bank buildings.
According to a press release from Southeast Group, initial construction will involve internal cleanup and structural repairs. Danis will be the contractor on the project – they’ve also handled the construction of the 20 West Adams, Cowford Chophouse, and Daily’s Place projects among others.
Plans for the long-awaited project include “a mixed-use program, featuring international banking, 145-room Marriott flagged boutique-style hotel, higher education, new retail and restaurants, along with over 100 residential loft apartments.”
There are also plans for a 550-space parking garage on a nearby lot along Forsyth St., which will also include ground-floor retail space.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
BOULEVARD CROSSING PLANS SUBMITTED
The dilapidated shopping center at the corner of Beach and University may soon be getting a new lease on life.
Plans were submitted for the redevelopment of the center, formerly anchored by Kmart, into a new center called Boulevard Crossing.
The submitted plans show three outparcel buildings – although one appears to be an existing McDonald’s location. The other two would combine for around 18,000 square feet of retail space. A fourth outparcel is sectioned off for future development.
No word yet on potential tenants for the project.
JTA PLANNING SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS
Jacksonville Transportation Authority has filed plans to improve pedestrian access along streets that are key First Coast Flyer pathways.
The plans include improved, rebuilt sidewalks along stretches of several key streets in downtown, Springfield, and further north, covering the North Corridor of the rapid transit system.
These changes, once applied, should make it safer for First Coast Flyer riders to walk to and from their bus stations.