Developer Plans To Turn Downtown Jax Office Building Into Apartments, Grocery

Oct 9, 2019

Another Downtown Jacksonville office building is slated for redevelopment.

St. Augustine-based Augustine Development Group bought the former Independent Life and Accident Insurance Co. home office building at 233 W. Duval St. Downtown for $3.7 million, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Bryan Greiner, president of Augustine Development Group, said Tuesday his group bought the 64-year-old building last week and plans to invest about $28 million in the 180,000-square-foot, 19-story structure.

The group plans to develop 140 market-rate apartments on the second through 18th floors, a grocery store on the 21,000-square-foot ground floor and basement, and a rooftop terrace with a pool, lounge and a high-end sushi and seafood restaurant on the top floor.

The restaurant and grocery store will be leased to a private operator, he said.

KBJ Architects designed the building, which was completed in1955.

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