Multi-million dollar apartment, shopping complex to replace Berkman Plaza

Jacksonville, FL. — Several city council members gathered outside the Berkman Plaza II with developers Wednesday to talk about the multi-million dollar future of the site.

Demolition on the 13-year-old eye-sore started Tuesday.

Crews said they will be cleaning out the building for the next four weeks.

After that, they will start demolition which will last another four months.

New pictures revealed today show what will replace the empty building.

City Council Member Reggie Gaffney announced developers will work on a $135 million dollar project including:

  • 293 apartment units (1,2,& 3 bedrooms)
  • 40 townhomes
  • Restaurants and retail space on the first floor
  • Grocery store and pharmacy
  • 537 public and private parking spaces

Actual construction on the building won’t start for another six to eight months, according to developers.

“I believe for Jacksonville to be the great city that it is, and even greater — we need to have a great downtown. This is one of the first steps,” Councilman Sam Newby said.

Developers hope this construction will spark new redevelopment downtown.

Action News Jax’s Robert Grant also asked about the Duval County Jail which is just across the street.

“It doesn’t fit with the landscape and as the area gets developed, my vision is that property will become more valuable,” Councilman Aaron Bowman said.

He added that it won’t be moved under the current administration for the next two years.

However, he hopes there will be changes under the next administration.

Developers of the new Berkman Plaza said they are not asking the city to front money, but will present a proposal for incentives from the city.

They will be meeting with the Downtown Investment Authority in May.