Redevelopment Of Old Times-Union Property Gets More Review By DIA For Restaurant

Aug 19, 2021
City of Jacksonville / Via Florida Times-Union

The Downtown Investment Authority tabled a vote Wednesday on a development deal for the old Florida Times-Union building's property so DIA staff can talk more with Fuqua Development about adding a riverfront restaurant that  might require several hundred thousand dollars in taxpayer assistance.

DIA Committee Approves Fuqua's Proposal For Former Times-Union Site

Aug 17, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The proposed $182.2 million redevelopment of the former Florida Times-Union campus along Riverside Avenue is moving forward.

Strayer University To Open In Brooklyn

Jun 25, 2021
exterior of 220 Riverside
Jacksonville Daily Record

Strayer University is coming to Brooklyn.

The private university, which focuses on business, IT, health care and career-related degrees, signed a lease for 4,560 square feet of space at the former HobNob restaurant at 220 Riverside.

NAI Hallmark Moving Headquarters to Vista Brooklyn On Riverside Ave.

Jun 4, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The NAI Hallmark commercial real estate brokerage and property management company is moving its headquarters from the Southpoint area to 200 Riverside in the Brooklyn neighborhood Downtown.

Florida Times-Union Property Under Contract; $250M Project Planned

May 24, 2021
Times Union building exterior
Jacksonville Daily Record

Atlanta-based developer Jeff Fuqua, with experience building grocery-anchored centers in Brooklyn and Riverside, has a contract to buy the former Florida Times-Union property to create a $250 million retail, office, restaurant and apartment project.

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Downtown Investment Authority

Can you picture this? You and a friend are deciding where to meet for lunch near Downtown Jacksonville, and she says, “Hmm, how about somewhere in SoBa?”

SoBa, as in the Southbank. It’s one of the rebranding options on the table as the public Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority works with a consultant “to attract more residents and visitors to live, work and play in these areas.” A survey about the new branding is part of an update to the DIA’s Business Investment and Development Plan.

Council Approves $3.5M Completion Grant For Florida Blue Garage

Jan 27, 2021
This photo with rendering overlay illustrates the garage project at 800 Forest St.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.5 million city-backed construction completion grant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc.’s Brooklyn parking garage at 800 Forest St.

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The Jaxson

When it comes to planning out Jacksonville’s urban core, the city needs to do a better job of defining what are called “primary streets.”

That’s what The Jaxson argues in a new editorial.

The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis explains the issue to WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in The Jaxson on WJCT. 

Southern Grounds To Be Primary Tenant At The Hub Brooklyn

Oct 12, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Southern Grounds & Co. plans to expand to Jacksonville's Brooklyn neighborhood near Downtown with a coffee bar and “seasonally fresh” restaurant concept.

The Hub Brooklyn Mixed-Use Project Will Be Considered By DDRB

Aug 14, 2020
This rendering for The Hub Brooklyn show a coffee shop and street taco shop.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will consider two Brooklyn projects at its next meeting Aug. 20.

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Hugh’s Riverside Automotive, in the city’s Brooklyn neighborhood on Chelsea Street,  has been a fixture in Jacksonville for 70 years.

JTA Plans Skyway Station At Edge Of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn Neighborhood

Mar 10, 2020
Artist's rendering of the planned Brooklyn Skyway station.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority applied for a building permit to construct a Skyway station in Brooklyn at a job cost of $800,000.

Kanine Social Expanding To Add Boarding, Veterinary Services

Jan 21, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

With the addition of boarding and veterinary services to the Kanine Social dog bar, owners Dustin Fries and Daniel Moffatt say their facility is a “one-stop shop” that they believe is the only one of its kind in the country.

Business Brief: Demolition Looks Likely For Old Fire Station No. 5

Dec 19, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

It’s now likely the vacant 109-year-old Fire Station No. 5 in Brooklyn will be demolished.

DDRB Gives Final Okay To $22.5 Million Florida Blue Brooklyn Garage

Nov 18, 2019
Danis RS&H / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Architects for Florida Blue’s proposed $22.5 million parking garage in Brooklyn have satisfied its critics on the Downtown Development Review Board.

GuideWell Says It will Add 750 Jobs At Florida Blue Complex On Riverside

Oct 16, 2019
Jacksonville Daily Record

GuideWell Inc., the parent company of Florida Blue, announced Wednesday it will add 750 new jobs at its Riverside Avenue office Downtown.

Planned Florida Blue Garage Includes Urban Park, 869 Parking Spaces

Oct 2, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Plans for Florida Blue’s proposed $22.5 million Brooklyn parking garage at Magnolia, Forest and Park streets features a parklike setting with spaces for artwork.

Council Approves $29.9 Million Incentives Package For Project Sharp

Sep 11, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record / Downtown Investment Authority

The Jacksonville City Council approved a $29.9 million city and state-backed incentives package Tuesday for code-named Project Sharp.

Deal For Florida Blue Parking Garage In Brooklyn Goes To City Council

Aug 23, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council will consider a redevelopment agreement with Florida Blue for a new parking garage in Brooklyn. 

Vacant Unity Plaza Retail Space At 220 Riverside Is Sold

Aug 19, 2019
2018 file photo of Unity Plaza at 220 Riverside.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The vacant Unity Plaza retail space at 220 Riverside is under new ownership.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As part of this year’s state budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis is considering more than half-a-million dollars to build a park in Arlington that would honor the descendants of formerly enslaved people, the Gullah Geechee. The Gullah Geechee people lobbied for what will be called Freedom Park.

Vestcor Plans 113-unit Apartments In Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood

Apr 8, 2019
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

With three projects developed or nearing completion in LaVilla, The Vestcor Companies is shifting its focus to neighboring Brooklyn, where it plans to build workforce and affordable housing.

exterior of building
The Jaxson

Trevato Development Group plans to break ground on an adaptive reuse project in the Brooklyn neighborhood that will convert 339 Park St. and 301 Park St. into Jacksonville’s first food hall.

artist renderings of shopping center
The Jaxson

The longstanding conventional wisdom among developers is that Jacksonville’s urban core can’t support retail, but Brooklyn’s success is proving that wrong.  

aerial photo of the site of the future complex
Jacksonville Daily Record

An affordable housing complex is on track to break ground in Brooklyn this year.

As Mike Field tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the project could help those who were pushed out of the once-thriving working-class neighborhood, move back.

The Jaxson: Brooklyn ‘Road Diet’ Plan Includes 2-Way Protected Bike Lane

Dec 19, 2018
protected bike lane between sidewalk and street
The Jaxson

Jacksonville’s first urban, two-way cycle track is coming to the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo what that means in this edition of The Jaxson on WJCT.

Construction On Vista Brooklyn Apartments To Begin Soon

Nov 27, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Construction of the Vista Brooklyn high-rise apartment project will begin in the next two months after developers secured a mortgage for the property.

Vestcor Seeks $17 Million In Tax Credits For Apartments In Jacksonville's Brooklyn Area

Oct 19, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

With local approvals secured, The Vestcor Companies now will apply to the Florida Housing Finance Corp. for $17 million in tax credits to build a housing development in the Brooklyn area.

Residence Inn Concept Under Review For Jacksonville's Brooklyn Neighborhood

Jul 2, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board has workshopped design possibilities for a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel proposed in Brooklyn.

The Jacksonville Daily Record

A group of companies is quietly purchasing property in Brooklyn.