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

Jan 12, 2021

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.