A new hotel downtown, more retail for Brooklyn and a place for dogs and their owners to gather are all going before a city agency this week. The Downtown Development Review Board will look at the designs and plans at its Thursday meeting.
Topping the list is Hotel Indigo, being proposed for the six-story office building at the southwest corner of Bay and Laura streets. Profit Investment Partners, which is converting the Lerner Building at 20 W. Adams into student housing for Florida State College at Jacksonville, owns the building.
It plans to convert it into a seven-story mixed-use project with retail, restaurant and lounge on the first floor, 90 guest rooms on floors 2-6 and a 190-seat restaurant and bar on the rooftop.
The company, led by former NFL player Eugene Profit, bought the office building in 2013 for $3 million.
Brooklyn Place is planned for a vacant 1.5-acre parcel just east of Brooklyn Station on Riverside. Plans call for a 12,500-square-foot strip center consisting of three restaurants and two retail spaces of 1,900 square feet each.
Right now, there’s a small road that loops through the property to allow drivers to turn around and come back to the Florida Times-Union property on the other side of Riverside Avenue. That loop and May Street west of Leila Street would be closed, according to the plans.
The project would be developed by The Ferber Co., which said the proposed tenants are a mix of national and regional businesses, but it did not name them.
Meanwhile, partners Daniel Moffatt and Dustin Fries have something totally different planned for the warehouse they’ve purchased at 580 College St., at the corner of Rosselle Street in Riverside. A tenant, S4 Sports Academy, has about 4,000 square feet of the space.
Another 4,000 square feet will be turned into a dog day care facility, Moffatt said. The rest, about 7,500 square feet, will be kind of a indoor/outdoor dog park and pub called Kanine Social.
“We just wanted to combine all the things we like to do,” he said. “We like to go to breweries, but there’s not TVs to watch sports and you have to keep your dog on a leash. You can go to a dog park, but you’re there for 30 minutes and leave. You don’t really socialize.”
So their plans call for about a quarter-acre inside and out for the dogs to run around. For their owners, there will be local craft beers and coffees.
If they pass DDRB on Thursday, they’re hoping for building permits a week or two after that, and 90 to 120 days of construction with a target opening date sometime in May.
The pair paid $935,000 for the building in November and estimate construction costs at about $625,000.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296