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DeSantis Expresses Opposition To Increasing Unemployment Benefits

Apr 16, 2021
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press file photo

Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed opposition Friday to a Senate proposal that would increase unemployment benefits, as Florida’s jobless rate held steady at 4.7 % in March.

Apartments Planned At Site Of Former Beach Boulevard Regal Cinemas

Apr 15, 2021
The former Regal Cinemas at 14051 Beach Blvd. could make way for apartments.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The City Council approved a bill 18-0 on April 13 to rezone the former Regal Cinemas property on Beach Boulevard to allow for multifamily development.

Sugar Factory To Open At Site Of Closed Brio In The Markets At Town Center

Apr 14, 2021
A view of the Sugar Factory in Miami.
Sugar Factory / Via Facebook

Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie, known for couture lollipops, celebrity sightings and $43 tropical cocktails, intends to take over the closed Brio Tuscan Grille site in The Markets at Town Center.

JWB Real Estate Shows New Renderings To Develop College Park In Arlington

Apr 12, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

JWB Real Estate Capital LLC has submitted new conceptual images to the city of its proposed multifamily residential buildings for College Park, the former Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington.

Reddi-Arts San Marco Property Sells For $2M; Mixed-Use Project Planned

Apr 12, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Chase Properties Inc., which had been planning to redevelop the Reddi-Arts property as Southbank Crossing, sold the almost 1-acre San Marco property for $2 million, according to a deed recorded April 8 with the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

DeSantis Says Florida Suing Federal Government, Wants Cruises To Resume

Apr 9, 2021

Arguing that the state is at risk of losing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody on Thursday filed a lawsuit against federal health officials for sidelining the cruise industry.

Jenny Kane / Associated Press file photo

Fidelity Investments has announced a big national hiring spree, which will include filling 375 new full-time jobs in Jacksonville by mid-year.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Plans show Chipotle Mexican Grill intends to open in the Lakewood area by renovating a closed Whataburger restaurant at 3860 University Blvd. W.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The annual Richest People in the World list from Forbes is out and two First Coast residents are on it, along with Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Amazon.com is preparing to install a material handling system and free-standing rack modules in its 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center under construction in Imeson Park at 10501 Cold Storage Road in North Jacksonville.

Florida House To Take Up Online Tax Plan

Apr 2, 2021
Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

After House and Senate leaders reached agreement on the issue, the House could pass a plan that would require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on items sold to Floridians.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown investors Jim and Ellen Wiss, through AWP331 LLC, bought more Downtown property from First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record reports the Wisses paid $292,500 on March 8 for the parking lot of the warehouse purchased the same day by JWB Real Estate Capital at 331 W. Ashley St.

JWB and the Wisses are allowing the building and parking lot to be used temporarily for homeless services.

Olio Owner Lists His Downtown Jacksonville Restaurant Space For Sale

Mar 31, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Olio owner Greg DeSanto is contemplating several options for the future of his Downtown restaurant, including a possible sale.

The Carnival Ecstasy is pictured docked at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in March 2020.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Florida is considering legal avenues to challenge federal guidelines that keep passenger cruise ships from sailing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as efforts continue to convince the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift restrictions. Jacksonville is among the Florida cities where cruises have been halted since the pandemic.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit for construction of a Walmart Health clinic at the retailer’s Southwest Jacksonville Supercenter in Collins Plaza.

Officials Say RD River City Apartment Design Moving In 'Right Direction'

Mar 24, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Development Review Board members said March 23 the latest design for Miami-based Related Group’s RD River City Brewery apartments is “moving in the right direction” and granted conceptual approval.

$15.69M City Incentives Deal Advanced For RD River Brewery City Apartments

Mar 23, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Mayor’s Budget Review Committee agreed March 22 to send City Council a $15.69 million incentives package for a Miami-based developer’s plan to replace the River City Brewing Co. restaurant on the Downtown Southbank with apartments.

Main & Six Brewing Company In Springfield Plans Restaurant, Rooftop Bar

Mar 23, 2021
An artist's rendering of the expanded Main & Six Brewing Company at 1636 N. Main St.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Main & Six Brewing Company plans an expansion that would bring another dining option to Springfield and the neighborhood’s first rooftop bar. 

Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press file photo

New research from online real estate company Zillow finds low income renters have been especially hard hit by the pandemic.

Regency Best Buy Permanently Closes

Mar 22, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Best Buy in Regency has closed permanently, according to the store’s phone recording and a sign posted on the door.

JEA Buys Almost $2.45M Worth Of LaVilla Property

Mar 22, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Municipal utility JEA paid almost $2.45 million March 18 for 2.27 acres in LaVilla targeted for its “hardened” secondary headquarters.

DIA Approves $24.7M Laura Street Trio Loan Package

Mar 18, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Investment Authority board voted  9-0 March 17 to approve a $24.67 million taxpayer-backed incentive package to partially finance SouthEast Development Group LLC’s planned historic Laura Street Trio renovation.

The red outline in this satellite photo of the Corporate Square area is where Sawyer's Preserve will be built.
Satellite image provided by Lafayette/Gotham Communications

The growing build-to-rent home trend is coming to the Corporate Square area of Jacksonville's Southside.

Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Almost five years after opening in Harbour Village at San Pablo Road and Atlantic Boulevard, Blue Orchid Thai Cuisine chose Riverside for its second Jacksonville location.

Restart Of LaVilla Town House Project Takes Step Forward

Mar 16, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Downtown Investment Authority board members signaled March 15 they still want for-sale town houses in the historic LaVilla neighborhood west of Downtown.

A view of Downtown Jacksonville from Friendship Fountain.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Despite the leisure and hospitality industry still struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, Florida’s unemployment rate continues to improve as vaccinations increase and people return to the workforce.

Affordable Rental Units Planned At Main And State Streets

Mar 12, 2021
Jacksonville Daily Record

Tampa-based Southport Financial Services expects to buy the unused parking structure at the edge of Springfield at the end of May for site redevelopment into Parkview Commons.

TALLAHASSEE --- A controversial proposal dealing with vacation rentals underwent a major overhaul on Thursday, after the bill sponsor stripped out a provision that would have blocked local governments’ ability to license and inspect the properties.

The fight about oversight of short-term rentals has escalated in the Legislature as the popularity of vacation properties advertised on platforms such as Airbnb has mushroomed.

Homebuilders frame new houses being built along Hillsdale Road Thursday on Jacksonville's Southside.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Real estate brokerage company Redfin says the total value of homes in the U.S. has surged 13.4%, marking a $4 trillion increase during the pandemic, with Jacksonville leading the way.

This map shows plans for the Westland eTown development.
Parc Group / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Developers of eTown in South Jacksonville are preparing to open up the west side of Florida 9B with almost 96 acres for office, commercial and multifamily projects.

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