City Okays Ruby Beach Brewing Moving Forward With $500K Downtown Renovation

Sep 25, 2020

The city issued a permit Sept. 24 for Ruby Beach Brewing Co. to renovate space for its Downtown brewery in The Letter Shop Building at 228 E. Forsyth St.

Ideal Conditions Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is the contractor for the $500,000 construction project, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The Downtown Development Review Board voted 6-0 on Sept. 10 to grant final approval for the project proposed by developer Petra.

Petra will lease the 5,347-square-foot building to Ruby Beach. The Letter Shop, built in 1904, is a contributing structure to the Downtown Jacksonville Historic District. 

Mark Vandeloo, president of Ruby Beach owner Zeta Jax Inc., announced in February the brewery would relocate Downtown from Jacksonville Beach.

An expanded version of this story that includes an additional rendering of the planning Downtown Jacksonville Ruby Beach Brewing Co. is at JaxDailyRecord.