The Vestcor Companies has one affordable housing project under construction in LaVilla, now they’re planning a second. On Thursday, its subsidiary TVC Development will go before the Downtown Development Review Board to present its plans for Lofts at Monroe, a 108-unit project planned for the block bounded by W. Monroe, W. Adams, N. Davis and N. Lee streets.


Ryan Hoover, president of TVC Development, said the project is still a long way off and would depend on getting low-income tax credits from the state. But he said he wanted to show the plans so far to DDRB.

A similar project, the 130-unit Lofts at LaVilla, is under construction between Water and W. Bay streets, just east of the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The rents and qualifications are the same for the two projects:

To qualify for an apartment, the income limit for one person is $27,300 a year. For two people, it’s $31,200.The rents will be $634 for a studio, $676 for one bedroom, $811 for two bedrooms and $937 for three bedrooms.

Murray Hill

Things just keep picking up in the Murray Hill neighborhood, aren’t they?

Scott Schwartz, owner of 29 South in Fernandina Beach, is opening El Jefe at 947 Edgewood Ave. S., at the corner of Post Street. It will be, he said, an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant with everything made from scratch. The full bar will focus on traditional margaritas, tequila and mescal.

“Murray Hill offers a great opportunity for new businesses, and it fits our aesthetic,” Schwartz said. “It is a hot new up-and-coming neighborhood. It has sat in the shadows of Riverside and Avondale and is now ready to explode.”

He said he’s planning to be open by fall.

Schwartz is also still planning to open The Bullbriar in the Marble Bank Building, which is part of the long-delayed Laura Street Trio project. But as I’ve written, that whole thing looks like it’s getting closer to actually happening.

More restaurants

Restaurants recently licensed by the state:

Blue Pacific Tacos in Merchant’s Walk, 9965 San Jose Blvd.

All Sauced Up BBQ and Grill, 5325 N. Main St.

Delicias Colombianas, 10771 Beach Blvd.

Sawrap II, 6004 Wilson Blvd.

Fla Juice &Bowl, 2403 A 3rd St. S.

Crafty Crab, 950 Blanding Blvd.


Groundbreaking has been set for the first two Wawa convenience stores in Northeast Florida. They’re happening April 6 at Gate and Town Center parkways and then a few hours later at Blanding Boulevard and Fillmore Street in Orange Park.

A recent list by said that Wawa was the most popular convenience store and gas station in Florida, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey even though it only arrived in the Sunshine State in 2012. But like all surveys, take the ranking with a grain of salt.

Clay County

A proposal for a Rolling Hills, a 53-home subdivision on 22 acres off Gardenmoss Drive, goes before Clay County’s Development Review Committee on Thursday.


Pivot CPAs, a local firm based in Ponte Vedra Beach, has opened an office in Nocatee. Seven of the firm’s 40 employees will work there.


5500 Normandy Blvd., tenant build-out for Sweeps Royale arcade, $10,750, 4,027 square feet, Prism Design &Construction.

8599 A.C. Skinner Parkway, swimming pool for new Steele Creek apartments, $167,500, The Loyd Group. The 300-unit complex is being developed by AC Packer, which also developed The Loree apartments next door.

2715 Alexia Circle, amenity center for Red Hawk, $282,975, O.R. Dicky Smith. The 144-home development is going in just south of Kernan Middle School.

3507 Southside Blvd., tenant build-out for Beautylicious Salon &Spa, $15,400, 2,000 square feet, Prism Design &Construction.

1680 Dunn Ave., tenant build-out for Sweeps Royale #2 arcade, $18,500, 2,800 square feet, Prism Design &Construction.

10865 Harts Road, tenant build-out for Fun Time arcade, $12,500, 3,360 square feet, Prism Design &Construction.

10915 Baymeadows Road, tenant build-out for Baymeadows Illness &Injury Center, $8,000, 1,393 square feet, Weyer Custom Renovations.

9600 Atlantic Blvd., car wash building and fueling station, CDJR Arlington, $500,000, 1,568 square feet, RLH Construction.

1018 Park St., tenant build-out for The Fly in Five Points theater building, $2,000, 1,123 square feet, Great White Construction.

11112 San Jose Blvd., façade renovation and interior demolition for Trader Joe’s, $387,400, 13,746 square feet, Target Contractors. The grocery store is going into the Claire Lane Center, which is anchored by Barnes &Noble.

76 S. Laura St., interior alterations for Kubicki Draper, $141,541, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

6765 Dunn Ave., tenant build-out for Celestia Bistro, $80,500, 2,400 square feet, JKeels Construction.

2431 Atlantic Blvd., remodel convent, $99,665, 615 square feet, Lighthouse Construction of North Florida.

13760 Old St. Augustine Road, tenant build-out for Bartram Eyecare, $136,000, 1,549 square feet, Emerald C’s Development.

11363 San Jose Blvd., tenant build-out for Miracle Ear, $31,000, 851 square feet, McFarland Builders.

10663 Monaco Dr., tenant build-out for Winning Streak arcade, $8,000, 3,000 square feet, Tier 1 Construction.

12100 Lem Turner Road, remodel Wal-Mart, $846,811, 203,658 square feet, Retail Contractors of PR Inc.,


Intercontinental Realty Endeavors LLC of Miami paid $3,684,000 for the Ramada Baymeadows hotel at 9150 Baymeadows Road. The 98-unit hotel was built in 1974 and sold for $6 million in 2005 but was later taken over by a bank.

Eagle Matrix LLLP of Jacksonville paid $2,888,000 for the Zaxby’s restaurant building at 4875 Gate Parkway.

Mulch Manufacturing Inc. of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, paid $1.8 million for the 81,294-square-foot building at 2480 N. Lane Ave.

South Coast Enterprises LLC of Chantilly, Va., paid $1.6 million for Burger King building, 11031 Old St. Augustine Road.

Collier Bent Creek LLC of Gainesville paid $1 million for 15.28 acres vacant acres at 10356 103rd St.

Oxley Cabinet Warehouse of Jacksonville paid $945,000 for the 40,479-square-foot warehouse at 2759 W. 5th St.; (904) 359-4296