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Corner Lot Emerging as One of Jacksonville's
Preeminent Historic Preservation Developers
Jones on Hogan | 1st and Main | Industry West HQ | The Goodwin House | The River House

With a nod to the past and eye on the future, Corner Lot’s holistic approach to development in urban Jacksonville blends historic preservation and new construction in a successful model that help protect the city's history while also allowing residents to enjoy all that downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods have to offer.
Corner Lot currently has several historic preservation projects in various stages of development, including plans to preserve the Jones Brothers Furniture Co. building at 520 North Hogan Street. Named Jones on Hogan, the mixed-use project will feature apartments and retail storefronts located directly on the Emerald Trail and in close proximity to the JTA Skyway. Corner Lot is also preserving the historic former Chevrolet dealership building on the corner of 1st and Main street at the gateway of the Springfield neighborhood. The new development will provide residential apartments, retail and restaurant space, and convenient pedestrian and bike access to Downtown, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
In addition, the new Industry West Headquarters located at 1001 Kings Street will preserve a historic building reminiscent of the former City of South Jacksonville. The restored structure will help Jacksonville retain a local company, generate jobs, and increase revenue when it opens later this summer. These projects are accompanied in the Corner Lot portfolio by the historic Goodwin House and River House in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood. The former currently serves as Corner Lot’s headquarters, and the latter will provide additional office space for the company when fully restored.
Corner Lot is proud to work in close partnership with JTA, Jacksonville’s Downtown Vision, Build Up Downtown, Groundwork Jacksonville, The Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, and other organizations on these innovative historic preservation developments. With support from the Downtown Development Review Board, the Downton Investment Authority, and the Jacksonville City Council, our shared spirit and vision of helping Jacksonville reach its maximum residential and business potential is coming to fruition.
Unanimous Approval for Jones on Hogan Conceptual Designs
Jacksonville’s Downtown Development Review Board unanimously approved conceptual design plans for Jones on Hogan in April. Citing Corner Lot's newest historic preservation development as being a nice compliment to existing structures, Board members also noted that it was a great opportunity for the city and expressed support for it moving forward. Located at 502 North Hogan, the historic seven-story Jones Brothers Furniture Co. building was constructed in 1929 and serves as the development’s inspiration.

“Preserving the Jones Brothers building has been a goal of ours for several years, and we are grateful to the DDRB and its staff for supporting our vision.” said Andy Allen, Corner Lot CEO. “With the help of the additional density, which is much needed in downtown Jacksonville, we will breathe new life into a building that’s been a cornerstone of Jacksonville’s skyline and history for almost 100 years.”

Current plans include 103 apartments, two retail store fronts, and a parking garage. In addition, the development will feature co-work office spaces, a fitness facility, tranquility rooms, and a terrace overlooking Downtown Jacksonville. Jones on Hogan residents will have convenient access to Downtown Jacksonville, the JTA Skyway, restaurants, entertainment opportunities, and Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail.
Corner Lot's Spanish Forest Development
Brings Workforce Housing to St. Augustine
Spanish Forest, one of Corner Lot’s newest residential development, was unanimously approved by the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners in April. Located on 32 acres in the community of West Augustine, the project is being developed through St. Johns County's Workforce Housing zoning classification as an attainable housing solution for City of St. Augustine and St. Johns County residents.
Spanish Forest will offer 106 single-family residential units, park-like amenities, trails, and open space. Designed to be compatible with surrounding neighborhoods, nearby schools, and the Solomon Calhoun Recreation Center, the development will include a combination of Breeze Homes townhouses and detached single-family homes.
“The need for work force housing in St. Augustine and St. Johns County is well documented and Spanish Forest gave us the opportunity to meet that demand while also building a community people will be proud to call home.” said Andy Allen, Corner Lot CEO. “I’d like to thank Billy Zeits and Michael Ryan for their local knowledge and for working closely with members of the West Augustine community, St. Johns County staff, and the Commissioners to solicit their input into the project. We’re grateful for the community’s assistance in helping ensure Spanish Forest is compatible with the surrounding community.”
Spanish Forest has been designed to preserve the wetlands that run throughout the site. In addition, the community will be linked to the existing sidewalks on Duval Street, allowing residents to connect directly to bike and pedestrian facilities and the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. The project is scheduled to break ground in Fall 2022 and be complete in Winter 2023.
Corner Lot Acquires Historic River House
Corner Lot’s initiative to preserve and protect some of Jacksonville’s most historic structures recently evolved when the company acquired the River House overlooking the St. Johns River. Located at 2105 River Blvd., the River House has served as a hotel, a private residence, and an apartment building. Constructed in approximately 1869, it also once famously hosted Mary Todd Lincoln for an extended period between 1874 and 1875.
“When we learned the River House was available it was an easy decision for us to add it to the Corner Lot portfolio,” said Andy Allen, Corner Lot CEO. “It gave us the opportunity to preserve another chapter of Jacksonville’s history while also allowing it to remain a functional component of the Riverside community.”
The structure was moved from its original location to its current home on River Street via a barge trip down the St. Johns River in 1911. The River House is located directly across the street from Corner Lot’s corporate headquarters at 1819 Goodwin Street. Also a historic structure, The Goodwin House was renovated and preserved by Corner Lot when it was purchased in 2020.
Corner Lot's COO Addresses Emerging NEFBA Leaders
Participating in a recent NEFBA Emerging Leaders Class panel discussion, Corner Lot COO George Leone discussed business communication practices, management styles, and emerging trends in development. George was joined on the panel by Josh Dixon, Vice President of Scherer Construction, and Tyler Hodges, Bolles School President.
Parkway Place Phase III 100% Leased and Under Construction
As work is beginning on Corner Lot's Parkway Place Phase III at Durbin, the development is already 100% leased with a variety of dining options. With the Mini Bar Donuts and Coffee, Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex, Planet Smoothie, and Tsaocaa Tea all signing leases, Parkway Place will be a great place to grab a bite to eat before shopping or catching a movie. Parkway Place Phase I is complete and sold with several retail and personal services tenants already open. Parkway Place Phase II is scheduled to open this year with a new O'Reilly Auto Parts.
Meet Our Team - Lee Hutchins, Vice President of Development
Born and raised in Alabama, Lee Hutchins spent many summers in Jacksonville. After earning a bachelor’s degree in investment management from the University of Alabama in 2005, Lee and his soon-to-be-wife Chandra moved to the River City where he managed the day-to-day operations of his family’s construction company, CPA Excavating. In 2019, Lee joined Corner Lot where he serves as the Vice President of Development. Lee facilitates the construction of Corner Lot’s projects from start to finish, manages all contractors and subcontractors, and implements systems and processes that make project development timelier and more efficient. When not at Corner Lot, you can find Lee spending time with his wife and at the Hendricks Avenue Baseball fields coaching is two sons, Trey and Miles.
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