Developer Seeks to Lease Public Parking in Jacksonville Beach
New owner of the former J. Johnson Gallery plans upscale restaurants.
The new owner of the former J. Johnson Gallery in the Jacksonville Beach Central Business District is asking the city to lease up to 75 parking spaces for use by two planned upscale restaurants in the building.
In a letter submitted to the Jacksonville Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the developer is asking to lease spaces in the “Small Lot” at 128 4th Avenue North, as well as spaces on other property owned by the CRA at 2nd Street and 4th Avenue North. Both are currently undeveloped.
The spaces would be leased at $1.50 per space per day, which the developer, Jax Beach AF LLC says is above the “fair market value” for the spaces.
The developer said in its letter to the CRA that the project already meets the city’s requirements for parking based on the current code, but additional parking near the restaurants is necessary to make the project viable. They say that the project will generate additional tax revenue that will be beneficial to both the City of Jacksonville Beach and the CRA.
The Community Redevelopment agency will consider the proposal at a meeting Monday at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.