The bar and concert hall on East Bay Street receive Jax Daily Record | concept approval Jacksonville Daily Record

Plans for a concert venue and rooftop bar at 323 E. Bay St. Downtown are advancing.

The Downtown Development Review Board voted 9-0 on February 11 to give conceptual approval for 323 E Bay Street RE LLC’s project, which includes a 2,250-square-foot, covered, open-air bar on top of the two-story structure.

The Miami-based development group paid $ 1.4 million for the building on Jan. 22.

The 323 E Bay Street RE LLC group consists of Eric Fuller, Aleksander Lukaj, and Albacore Jax LLC, which is led by Manjola Rajta of Jacksonville Beach.

The developer replaces entrance doors, shop windows and glass awnings.

The 0.13 acre site, named Project 323, is adjacent to a parking lot, Live Bar Seafood, and Justice Pub.

The group bought the property from Insetta Family Properties LLC, which previously attempted to sell the property for an entertainment venue.

The building on East Bay Street contributes to the Downtown Jacksonville Historic District, recognized by the National Park Service. However, the structure is not shown to be historical.

Project Architect John Allmand of JAA Architecture Inc. told board members that he is working with staff from the Department of Urban Planning and Development and the Historic Preservation Commission to designate the building as a local landmark.

Landmarks of buildings can be awarded as part of the Downtown Investment Authority’s Downtown Preservation and Revitalization Program.

Allmand said he wasn’t sure the commission could hear the landmark motion before the project returns to the GDRB for final consideration.

The interior fittings shown in the board’s meeting package show the stage lighting and a lounge area on the second floor with an opening to the stage on the first floor for viewing.

The developer will also replace entrance doors, shop windows and glass awnings.

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