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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Sep. 1, 202005:20 AM EST

VyStar Credit Union's Downtown breezeway to open in mid-2021

Company plans to start construction on project by the fourth quarter of this year.

VyStar Credit Union anticipates opening the breezeway project at its Downtown headquarters by next year this time.

“Construction should start in the 4th quarter 2020 with a tentative completion timeframe of mid-2021,” said Sandy Baker, vice president of communications and public relations, by email Aug. 31.

The city has been reviewing plans and work is underway to prepare for construction.

VyStar bought the block comprising the 76 S. Laura St. tower, the 100 W. Bay St. building and a parking structure and is reconstructing the breezeway between them. 

The breezeway will replace the existing alley between the garage and the buildings. The VyStar building at 100 W. Bay St. also will have The Bread & Board restaurant.

The breezeway will replace the existing alley that is used for pedestrian traffic and parking use between the garage and the buildings.

An exhibit shows planters, sidewalk and hardscape space. Renderings released Aug. 31 show the breezeway from West Bay Street through to Independent Drive.

VyStar President and CEO Brian Wolfburg said previously that he expects to create indoor and exterior amenities for VyStar employees, including sculptures; pop-up retail, like farmers markets; and other features, including at the food truck court along Hogan Street. 

The Bread & Board restaurant owners announced in March they will open a food marketplace on the ground floor of the 100 W. Bay St. building.

Prosser Inc. filed civil engineering plans for the breezeway project with the city and the St. Johns River Water Management District for the project.

VyStar renovated the 23-story tower and is completing renovations of the seven-floor West Bay Street building for a campus to house its corporate headquarters and about 1,000 employees.

VyStar bought the tower and garage in July 2018 and the West Bay Street building in February 2019.

Plans for the VyStar breezeway include pop-up retail, farmers markets and food trucks.
What the breezeway from West Bay Street through to Independent Drive looks like now.
The view of the breezeway from a satellite. (Google)


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