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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jul. 5, 202212:10 AM EST

City issues permit to demolish River City Brewing Co. 

The property, which has hosted restaurants for decades, will be redeveloped with apartments.

The former River City Brewing Co. restaurant is coming down at 835 Museum Circle on the Downtown Southbank riverfront to make way for apartments.

The city issued a permit July 1 for ELEV8 Demolition to take down the two-story building at a cost of $110,000.

Jacksonville-based ELEV8 will demolish 22,148 square feet of enclosed space and 3,358 square feet of unenclosed space.

River City Brewing closed July 18, 2021 after 27 years. The site hosted restaurants for decades before that.

The apartments are planned next to Friendship Park on the Downtown Southbank.

ELEV8 will use an excavator and load the debris onto dump trucks for hauling to a certified landfill.

The safety fence will close in the property during demolition, which would take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The demolition plan says the project duration is five days.

The demolition would clear the way for The Related Group’s proposed 326-unit RD River City Brewery apartments.

River City’s parent company, Maritime Concepts LLC, completed a $10 million deal Aug. 2, 2021, with Miami-based real estate developer The Related Group to buy out the restaurant’s leasehold with the city on the 3.34-acre property.

The developer bought the remaining 76 years of a 99-year land lease with the city from Maritime Concepts.

RD River City Brewery LLC of Miami is listed as the property owner.

Related Group is developing the project through RD River City Brewery LLC, according to the permit.

The city has been reviewing a building permit application for construction of the project at a job cost of $70.84 million.

Related Group told Downtown Investment Authority and city officials that it estimates the total project investment to be $99.16 million.

Plans show an eight-story apartment complex with a 511-space attached parking garage.

The 326-unit RD River City Brewery apartments planned for the River City Brewing Co. site.

The plans show space for a future stand-alone restaurant on a parcel to the east of the apartments facing St. Johns River Park and Friendship Fountain. 

Real estate firm Colliers released leasing information Sept. 27, 2021, for the proposed 5,000-square-foot Restaurant at Manor.

Construction of the restaurant and apartments is expected to be completed in 2024.

In June 2021, City Council approved an $18.27 million incentives package, which includes a $12.99 million property tax refund over 20 years.

The city also committed to a $500,000 completion grant for the restaurant and $4.778 million for site infrastructure work; improvements to the 29-slip public marina; increased maintenance on the adjacent park; and city lease revenue loss.

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