The Berkman II is finally gone. Will the tallest skyscraper in the city take its place?


New renderings show plans for Jacksonville’s tallest skyscraper in place of the former Berkman II site.

Park Beeler said his company, Jacksonville Riverfront Revitalization, plans to build the tallest skyscraper in Jacksonville.

Renderings show the skyscraper that could replace where the Berkman II building once stood. Beeler said he was in awe watching the implosion from the Strand Apartments on Sunday morning.

“It’s fantastic. 15 years of preparation,” Beeler said.

Beeler said the new skyscraper would have many uses.

“This is a mixed-use tower and mid-rise structure that will include retail, apartments, condominiums and possibly a hotel. And we went through our planning and worked our way through the many issues with the demolition of the building,” Beeler said.

Now that the Berkman II is a big pile of rubble, the cleanup begins. The city plans to clean up the debris and charge the developer for the cleanup.

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“There is a process to clean up the site once the implosion occurs. This will likely take several weeks. During this same period, we will begin to prepare the submission to the Town Center Development Review Board. The design we came up with,” Beeler said.

Beeler said they have already invested over $2.5 million and if the project is approved, it could exceed $150 million.

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