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How the Union Terminal Warehouse connects with the Eastside community

By Will Brown Published on March 1, 2023 at 9:56 pm

When Ryan Akin explained the qualities of the Union Terminal Warehouse once it’s renovated next year, he immediately caught the attention of Eastside advocates.

It will devote a majority of its 228 residences to workforce housing. 

Akin is the development manager for Columbia Ventures, the Atlanta-based developer that is converting the former grocery warehouse into residential, commercial and retail space. As he stood in a navy suit and white hard hat on a warm, early spring morning, community advocates Suzanne Pickett and David Garfunkel shared a smile.

Those connections with the Eastside community are what may separate the Union Terminal Warehouse from others in Jacksonville.

Columbia Ventures has worked with residents, business owners and advocates on the Eastside to integrate the project into a community that needs development, but has been the recipient of previous false dawns.

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Source: Jax Today

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