by: Terry Lorince in Developments No Comments  
Terry Lorince, DVI executive director

Terry Lorince, DVI executive director

September was a month to celebrate, from the launch of Friends of Hemming Park management contract to the opening of Downtown’s newest grocery store, The Fresh Market, along with great announcements for the Laura Street Trio and the Bostwick Building.

Another exciting development that will improve the landscape of Downtown is the upcoming opening of Sweet Pete’s, tentatively set for late November. Co-owner Allison Behringer had a lot to share with me on why they chose Downtown and all the wonderful ways Sweet Pete’s will activate the old Seminole Club.

“Pete and I believe that we need a vibrant Downtown in order to have a vibrant city,” said Behringer. “Living and working in the urban core, we feel more connected to the community than we have in the past. It is exciting to be part of a movement that celebrates revitalization, small business and the arts. It is very rewarding to run a business you love and contribute to making a difference in your community.”

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by: Terry Lorince in Business Spotlights No Comments  

September was a month to celebrate, from the launch of Friends of Hemming Park management contract to the opening of Downtown’s newest grocery store, The Fresh Market, along with great announcements for the Laura Sreet Trio and the Bostwick Building.

Sweet Pete's current location in Springfield. Photo credit: jacksonville.com

Sweet Pete’s current location in Springfield. Photo credit: jacksonville.com

Another exciting development that will improve the landscape of Downtown is the upcoming opening of Sweet Pete’s, tentatively set for late November. Co-owner Allison Behringer had a lot to share with me on why they chose Downtown and all the wonderful ways Sweet Pete’s will activate the old Seminole Club (pictured below).

“Pete and I believe that we need a vibrant Downtown in order to have a vibrant city,” said Behrigner. “Living and working in the urban core we feel more connected to the community than we have in the past. It’s exciting to be part of a movement that celebrates revitalization, small business and the arts. It is very rewarding to run a business you love and contribute to making a difference in your community.”

The Seminole Club – vacant for a decade – will be transformed into 20,000 square feet of candy goodness. The shop will feature a chocolate and candy factory; 6,000 square feet of confectionary retail; Crumbs, a specialty bake shop and dessert bar; and a full-service restaurant and bar, The Candy Apple.

by: Admin in Thought Leadership No Comments  

Friday, Sept. 19, Downtown Vision, Inc. (@DTJax) partnered with the young professionals group JCCI Forward (@JCCIForward) to discuss via a Twitter “tweet chat” growing Downtown as a distinctive neighborhood, a Jax2025 target.

Through a series of questions, we interacted with Tweeters on their relationship with Downtown – how often they visit and why, what activities and destinations they recommend to visitors, and how they would define Downtown’s personality,  a discussion aimed to help us figure out ways to reach the Jax2025 vision of an ideal urban heart:

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Ready to give directions, answer questions, provide assistance, or walk you to your destination, the Downtown Ambassadors are Jacksonville’s Downtown cleanliness, safety and hospitality team. The Ambassadors are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street and work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the city to improve Downtown Jacksonville. Hard at work, here’s just a snapshot of what the team accomplished in August 2014.

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By Ryan Hellriegel, DVI Intern

Interior of the new Fresh Market

Interior of the new Fresh Market

January 2014, history was made in Downtown’s Brooklyn neighborhood. This month marked the groundbreaking of a new beginning for the city’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood, setting the wheels in motion for a catalytic Downtown retail undertaking – Brooklyn Station on Riverside.

Coupled with the nearby housing projects under construction – 220 Riverside and The Brooklyn Riverside – Brooklyn Station on Riverside is on the cusp of becoming a vibrant, dynamic gathering space for Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods, featuring an anchor specialty grocer along with popular shopping and eating establishments.

“It’s not your cookie-cutter shopping center,” said Patrick McKinley, senior leasing agent for Regency Centers, the developer of the Brooklyn Station on Riverside.

by: Hana Ashchi in Art Walk, Events No Comments  

If you were one of the 15,000 Jacksonvillians who attended last year’s inaugural Oktoberfest @ Art Walk, you won’t need convincing. But for the few residents that didn’t attend, please begin reading. Here are 12 reasons to join us for the fun:

1. There’s only six breweries allowed to participate in Munich’s Oktoberfest, and we’re going to have one of their beers.

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 Spaten won’t be the only beer flowing out of our taps. Enjoy brews and cider from Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, McKenzie’s, Tucher and Full Sail.

2. No need for a babysitter — kids are welcome, too!

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via Pinterest.com

They’re not allowed to drink beer, but there will be plenty of activities for kids, including a root-beer station, in and around Hemming Park.

by: Admin in Developments No Comments  
  • Intuition Ale Works announced plans to expand to Downtown into former the Noland Co. building at 929 E. Bay St. near the Sports Complex. Intuition will convert the space into a brewery and taproom with a rooftop beer garden, taking 21,000 of  36,000 total square feet. After a lengthy parking discussion last Thursday, the Downtown Development Review Board approved project plans, which include a deviation from the required 64 parking spaces – the facility will have 57 spots, with metered and garage parking available nearby. The project goes before the board for final approval Oct. 2. The Noland Co. building has been vacant for about 12 years.
Intuition Rendering

Intuition rendering

  • More plans were announced for the Laura Street Trio, including a bodega grocery store featuring product lines from local food catering and gourmet entrepreneur Liz Grenamyer. Other plans previously announced for the Trio include a commercial bank in the Marble Bank Building, a Marriott Courtyard boutique hotel in the Bisbee and Florida Life buildings, and possible restaurant and bar plans.
  • Owner of the Bostwick Building announced plans for a high-end steakhouse in the historic structure, known as the ‘Jaguar Building.’ The steakhouse, to be named Cowford Chophouse, will also include a rooftop bar.
  • This month, JEA set a final due date – Oct. 7 – for bids to develop 30 acres of its former Southside Generating Station site on the Southbank waterfront. The original May deadline was pushed back several times to allow for the negotiation of a land swap between JEA, JTA, the City of Jacksonville and the School Board. The land swap will extend from Prudential Drive through the School Board parking lot to the vacant site. Prudential Drive would then connect with Broadcast Place to JTA’s Kings Avenue parking garage. The School Board will receive 1.33 acres of the vacant land to make up for the parking-area loss.