Berkman II

A digital rendering of the development planned for 500 E. Bay Street
KBJ Architects

The Downtown Jacksonville eyesore on the Northbank known as the Berkman II is coming down, and details have been released about what’s going up in its place. 

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Demolition is set to begin in about three weeks on the unfinished residential tower known as the Berkman II on Downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank, with crews already onsite to start the process.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Editor's Note: An updated story that includes Mayor Lenny Curry's comments is available here.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday morning that crews are now on site to start the process of demolishing the unfinished residential tower known as the Berkman II on Downtown's Northbank.

Three Bids Made For Berkman II Demolition Order

Apr 15, 2021
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II along Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Three out-of-state companies submitted bids as part of the city’s order to demolish the unfinished Berkman Plaza II while a potential developer says his group will buy the site within days.

Potential Berkman Plaza II Developer Says City Demolition Order Hindering Sale

Feb 24, 2021
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II at 500 E. Bay St. in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Park Beeler, the co-managing member of developer Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization, told a City Council and Downtown Investment Authority joint workshop Feb. 23 that his company intends to buy the unfinished Berkman Plaza II within two weeks and start demolition at the end of March.

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

Jan 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

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.

Developer Applies To Impode Unfinished Berkman Plaza II

Oct 29, 2020
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II
Jacksonville Daily Record

The unfinished Berkman Plaza II high-rise Downtown could be headed for implosion.

Potential Buyers Want To Demolish Unfinished Berkman II, Redevelop Property

Sep 10, 2020
KBJ Architects, Inc. / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Berkman Plaza II could soon be sold, according to one of the owners of the unfinished Downtown structure.

Jacksonville Daily Record

If you don't know your urban redevelopment past you are doomed to repeat it. In The Jaxson on WJCT, Kelsi Hasden shares a couple of revitalization observations regarding the premature demise of a heavily incentivized proposal to convert the skeleton of Berkman 2 into a hotel and nearby contaminated property into an amusement park and parking garage.

Developers Ask City To Scrap Existing Berkman II Development Plan

Apr 12, 2019
Barrington Development

A Mississippi development firm asked the City of Jacksonville on Friday to withdraw a proposed agreement that would have paid them up to $36 million in public incentives to redevelop downtown’s vacant Berkman II property into a hotel and family-oriented resort.

Investor Behind Berkman II Proposal Behind In Taxes In Another Project

Apr 9, 2019
Barrington Development

The head of the Mississippi-based development firm behind the proposed Berkman II redevelopment project, which could receive up to $36 million in public incentives, has ties to a struggling condominium project in New Orleans that owes more than $200,000 in delinquent property taxes and $79,000 in unpaid debts to contractors, according to public records reviewed by our Florida Times-Union news partner.

City Council Members Scrutinize Downtown Resort Hotel Incentives Package

Mar 12, 2019
Barrington Development

Several Jacksonville City Council members expressed concerns Monday over a $36 million package of public incentives for a developer planning to build a waterfront resort hotel with games and rides — including a 200-foot tall observation wheel — at downtown’s partly-built Berkman II property in a deal that includes an unusual provision for the city to subsidize the hotel’s operation.

City Council Is Next Stop For $36 Million Berkman II Incentives Proposal

Feb 27, 2019

The Downtown Investment Authority and 500 East Bay LLC are seeking City Council approval of a development agreement to provide $36 million in incentives for developers to convert the partially constructed Berkman II condominium along the Downtown Northbank into an entertainment center.

Businsess Brief: Berkman II Owners Hit With Lawsuit As Redevelopment Plan Unfolds

Sep 21, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

The companies seeking to redevelop the Berkman Plaza II property in Downtown Jacksonville are being sued by a group previously tied to the site.

Our First Coast Connect Friday Media Roundtable with guest host A.G Gancarski Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton (00:58).  

Topics included:

DIA Approves Many Millions For Jacksonville Redevelopment Projects

Sep 20, 2018

The Downtown Investment Authority reviewed $56 million in city-backed financial incentives, loans and grants at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect  featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, The Victory’s Jax Engage radio host Angela Spears, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

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Berkman Plaza II Sells For $4.75 Million; Will Be Hotel And Entertainment Center

Jul 19, 2018
The unfinished Berkman Plaza II along Bay Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The vacant and unfinished Berkman Plaza II sold for $4.75 million to 500 East Bay LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Odhe of Daytona Beach.