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Berkman Plaza II Headed For Conventional Demolition; New High Rise Planned

Via Jacksonville Daily Record
Left: The unfinished Berkman II is scheduled for demolition. Right: Rendering of planned replacement.

The developer that wants to raze the unfinished Berkman Plaza II on the St. Johns Riverfront Downtown no longer plans to implode the high-rise.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the city is reviewing an amended permit application filed Jan. 6 to tear down the 18-story building at 500 E. Bay St. using a high-reach excavator.

Developer Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization LLC hired Orlando-based contractor Pece of Mind Environmental Inc. to complete the demolition. 

Documents filed with the city show Pece of Mind plans to use a crane and 135-foot boom to demolish the 130,000-square-foot structure from the top floor down. The company will use a debris curtain to keep material contained at the demolition site.

The amended demolition permit application filed with the city Building Inspection Division by Pece of Mind owner Steve Pece expects a $1.09 million job cost.

Read an expanded version of this story at, which includes more information about redevelop plans for the property.