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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jun. 15, 202209:46 AM EST

Demolition sought for River City Brewing property

The Related Group of Miami proposes a 326-unit riverfront apartment project on the Southbank site.

Demolition looms for the former River City Brewing Co. restaurant.

The city is reviewing a permit application for ELEV8 Demolition to take down the two-story building at 835 Museum Circle on the Downtown Southbank riverfront at a cost of $110,000.

The permit shows ELEV8 will demolish 22,148 square feet of enclosed space and 3,358 square feet of unenclosed space.

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

A 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 riverfront restaurant closed July 18, 2021.

Photo by Karen Brune Mathis: Miami-based The Related Group is planning a nearly $100 million apartment complex at the former River City Brewing Co. site on the Downtown Southbank.

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 now 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 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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