Today, two exciting Downtown proposals, one expansion and one redevelopment, will go before the Downtown Development Review Board (DDRB).
The Arbours at Ambassador Place
Birmingham-based Arbour Valley Development, LLC is proposing to redevelop the former Ambassador Hotel, located at 420 Julia Street for residential apartment use. The developer would remodel the 80 existing units to create 57 apartments, a club room and fitness area and would build out a new rooftop clubhouse. From the developer: “Our projects utilize state-of-the art best-practice construction techniques, are environmentally conscious, strive to maximize green space, and accentuate a “work-play” environment.”
Read more about the history of the Ambassador Hotel and view the presentation and proposed renderings at Metro Jacksonville.
Burrito Gallery Expansion
If, like us, you can’t get enough of these burritos, tacos and quesadillas, more Burrito Gallery is a good, good thing. A Downtown staple since the Super Bowl, Burrito Gallery is proposing to build out a two-story, 1,800 sq ft addition on the back of their existing restaurant. According to restaurant partner, Tony Allegretti, business at Burrito Gallery improves each year. “Downtown is our home and are excited that the Downtown family is growing, especially with the strong entrepreneurial base we have here.” There is no timeline for the expansion currently, but green-lighting this proposal would give the restaurant numerous opportunities for expansion in cooperation with their upstairs neighbor, Indochine.
Check out the presentation powerpoint at Metro Jacksonville.