Development Updates

Brooklyn Park

Current Status: Under Construction
Brooklyn Park is located at the intersection of Jackson Street and Spruce Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood. It is directly across the street from the new Lofts at Brooklyn and adjacent to McCoys Creek. Brooklyn Park improvements will be included as part of the McCoys Creek Greenway project. Future improvements to the park, in tandem with the McCoys Creek restoration, include a kayak launch, pedestrian bridge, trails, and general park amenities. Currently, the park includes amenities such as a basketball court, a baseball field, benches, lighting and trash barrels.

Brooklyn Place

Current Status: Recently Completed
The Ferber Co., based in Ponte Vedra Beach, developed a 11,500-square-foot retail center on 1.5 acres in the Brooklyn District. Featuring a Panera Bread, Chipotle, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi and Chop Barber Shop, Brooklyn Place is located adjacent to Brooklyn Station on Riverside, a 50,000-square-foot retail center opened in 2015 and anchored by The Fresh Market fresh-focused specialty grocer along with local favorites like the Burrito Gallery and Hyppo Popsicles. Investment: $2,829,000

Cathedral Commons

Current Status: In Review
This multi-family development includes 175 apartments across 18 3-story buildings in 5 different architectural styles (contemporary, gable, hip, mid-century, and modern styles).

Central National Bank Building

Current Status: Approved
Augustine Development Group plans to renovate this building, originally built in 1927, at 404 North Julia Street and construct a new, eight-story apartment building with an attached eight-story parking deck. Plans call for the renovation of the former bank into the main lobby of the complex to include an additional 36 residential apartments within the historic structure and add a projected 5,769 square-feet of commercial/retail space on the ground floor, including 3,240 square-feet of leasable space projected to be occupied by a fitness center. The new construction proposes an eight-story residential apartment complex that will provide 103 apartments along with an eight-story parking deck which will provide an estimated 450 parking spaces. Investment: $52.5 million (renovation and new construction) 

Coastline Drive & Liberty Street

Current Status: Recently Completed
This project remediated the Liberty St Bridge, the Coastline Drive Bridge, the former county courthouse parking deck and part of the Northbank Riverwalk.

Elena Flats

Current Status: Recently Completed
Historic Flats in the heart of the downtown Cathedral District A vibrant neighborhood with a variety of restaurants and businesses and downtown employers. A residential setting surrounded by beautiful and historic Cathedrals and Churches. Walk to parks and the St. Johns River. Just a few minutes’ drive to urban core neighborhoods including Historic Springfield, Five Points, Riverside and San Marco. It’s been inhabited by college students, a future deputy sheriff and businessmen as well as by rooming-house tenants paying $125 a week. They all played a part in the life of Elena Flats, which opened about 1909 with four apartments after the Great Fire of 1901 destroyed much of Downtown. In its 109 years, uses ranged from a boarding house to a 25-unit rooming house to nothing but a vacant, deteriorating building. It came close to demolition for use as a parking lot, but it’s been recently restored to offer four luxury apartments to be rented for about $2,500 a month. Contact for leasing information at now@leasejax.com Investment: $2.8 Million

Emerald Trail

Current Status: Approved
In Spring 2019, Jacksonville City Council approved Groundwork Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail Master Plan to create a 30-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails that will connect Downtown to 14 historic neighborhoods, 18 schools, two colleges and nearly 30 parks. Phase one is a 1.3-mile “Model Project” to connect the existing S-Line Rail Trail in Springfield to the McCoys Creek Greenway and Park Street. The Emerald Trail network is estimated to cost $31 million, plus land acquisition, and take 10 years to complete.

Emerald Trail Tier 1, Hogan Street Cycle Track

Current Status: Approved
Previously envisioned by the City of Jacksonville within the proposal for the 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Hogan Street Cycle Track provides a missing connection between the Hogan Creek Greenway trail and the Northbank Riverwalk. The proposed trail begins on the northern end at Hogans Creek and interacts with the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) campus as a shared-use street. The Hogan Street segment within Downtown will become cycle track along the west side of Hogan Street adjacent to the pedestrian sidewalk. The one-way roadway of Hogan Street will be modified to remove one of the two travel lanes. This proposed roadway modification and cycle track design is proposed from W. State Street south to Bay Street. The suggested design standard of the cycle track is to create a safe and inviting pedestrian and bicycle dominated corridor. The final block from Water Street to the Northbank Riverwalk will have the cycle track and pedestrian area transition into a shared-use side path.

Emerald Trail Tier 1, Model Project

Current Status: Under Construction
The first phase of the Emerald Trail is the Model Project, the 1.3-mile connection between the south end of the existing S-Line Rail Link to the intersection of Park Street and Stonewall Street, near the Convention Center. The concept of the model project is to quickly build a portion of the trail that will be highly utilized and will offer the community a tangible example of what the finished Emerald Trail can be. The Model Project broke ground August 2021 and is expected to be complete fall 2022.

Emerald Trail, Artist Walk

Current Status: Approved
This Emerald Trail segment is the Artist Walk linear park space under the Fuller Warren Bridge from the St. Johns River across Riverside Avenue, Park Street, and College Street, ending at Riverside Park.  The Artist Walk will include a public skate park, a multi-use trail connection, parking, pedestrian corridors, landscaping and other park amenities. It will support the Riverside Arts Market, which has been open between the river and Riverside Avenue since 2009, and a much-needed public space for the COJ. Investment: $3.5 Million