A new apartment building in San Marco and a distillery in Riverside got their first OK from the Downtown Development Review Board. An entertainment center near the stadium, an apartment complex in LaVilla and a wine bar downtown got the board’s final approval.
It was a busy afternoon for the board that deals with design of new projects, and is not the only approval needed to build. But it provided a good glance at several projects in the works.
The San Marco apartments are planned for 1444 Home St. That’s right off Hendricks Avenue and just north of the Interstate 95 overpass. A four-story apartment building with courtyards and a three-story parking garage are planned for the 1.9 acres.
It’s being developed by Catalyst Development Partners. Mike Koppenhafer of Koppenhafer Architecture and Interior Design said there will be a few studios with the rest of the units split 50-50 between one- and two-bedroom units.
The project is also going before the Downtown Investment Authority and will need to come back before DDRB for final approval.
Meanwhile near the stadium, plans for the Doro Fixtures buildings on A. Philip Randolph Boulevard call for about 44,500 square feet of entertainment, including restaurant, bar and bowling, along with 10 square feet of outdoor space and 10,000 square feet of offices. And that’s just the first phase.
The second phase could include a hotel or multifamily residential, but that’s still far from determined and would have to come back before the board.
Farley Grainger, whose Iconic Real Estate Investments owns the buildings and is developing them, said he doesn’t have any signed deals yet for tenants, but that he’s been talking to lots of people.
The project got the DDRB’s approval, but still needs OK from the Downtown Investment Authority and Jacksonville City Council. Grainger said if that goes through in the next month or two, construction should start by summer and last eight to 12 months.
Iconic bought the three buildings, which date back to 1914, 1942 and 1954, last year for $2.5 million .
Grainger also owns the building next door where Intuition Ale Works and Manifest Distillery opened last year. There’s still a 5,700-square-foot space available there, and he said several restaurant and bar tenants are interested, but nothing’s been signed there, either.
Also getting the board’s final OK was Monroe Lofts, a 108-unit project planned for the block bounded by West Monroe, West Adams, North Davis and North Lee streets. That’s four blocks north of where TVC Development is building the Lofts at LaVilla, a similar project that puts limits on income of its tenants.
Ryan Hoover, vice president of TVC, said he won’t know until next week if the project qualifies for the tax credits required to build it. But he said he’s confident that it will happen.
Burlock & Barrel Distillery is going into two buildings that back up to each other on May and Magnolia streets, just off Forest Street and across from 220 Riverside. Owners Colin Edwards and Ian Haensly have been looking for a location since they entered One Spark in 2014.
Now in partnership with Jacques Klempf’s Foodonics and Forking Amazing Restaurants, they’re setting up shop in a former auto repair shop that dates back to the 1940s. Foodonics paid $585,000 for the two buildings in 2015.
They’ve said they’ve got their state and federal licenses, the equipment is in storage, and they’re waiting for the city’s OK before they begin construction. Distilling could begin by late summer, they said. But they’re making no promises about when they’ll serve their first whiskey.
“It’ll be by taste,” Haensley said. “But it will be a while.”
The plan is to make only whiskey, no gin, rum or vodka. But they’ll have different styles.
“We’ll make some things people aren’t expecting,” Edwards said.
The project has to go back before the board, but the members were enthusiastic.
“If you look at the building,” said Chairman Frederick Jones, “you couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”
In other action, the DDRB gave its approval to Wine Decadence to sell wine by the glass. The company, whose primary business is in-home wine tastings, has its headquarters in The Carling on Adams Street. But it also opened a retail store there and began hosting private events.
But, as co-owner Steve Wallace, former president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, said, the wine is paid for at corporate events. But nonprofits, he said, can’t afford to do that, so he needs to be able to sell by the glass. And, he said, he also wants to open a small wine bar there eventually.
“This will be fine wine,” he said, “we’re not talking about a big party place.”
But it needed to get a variance because it was closer than 1,500 feet to the nearest church, which it got from DDRB. It now will apply for its county and state licenses, Wallace said.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296