As more buildings sprout up in the new developments near St. Johns Town Center, a hotel is going in right at the corner of Gate and Town Center parkways.
Concord Hospitality Enterprises of Raleigh, N.C. recently paid $4 million for 2.7 acres on the corner. There it’s going to build a five-story, 160-room hotel that will operate under the Hyatt Place brand.
The hotel is still in its final design stage, but a Concord employee said opening is tentatively set for the fourth quarter of 2018. Price tag is approximately $30 million.
The company operates hotels under a couple dozen brands. It has 14 in Florida, the closest being in Orlando.
The hotel is going be part of The Strand development. I’d already reported that Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant is also coming to The Strand, but the company recently confirmed that it will open its first Northeast Florida restaurant (and eighth in Florida) there in July.
Meanwhile, building permits have just been issued for two restaurant chains also going into The Strand:
The building for PDQ, the chicken tender chain in which Tim Tebow has invested, 4816 Gate Parkway, $750,000, 3,300 square feet, IConstructors.
The build-out for Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 4987 Town Center Parkway, $1.3 million, 7,483 square feet, Haley Construction.
Two longtime Jacksonville auto dealers are celebrating their new homes.
Tom Bush BMW is now in its former collision center at 9875 Atlantic Blvd., after more than $5 million worth of work. The 44,000-square-foot project has a 12-car showroom, 28-bay service center and 11 electric vehicle charging stations. It moved the showroom into that building after the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships bought the former Champions building behind it and converted that into a collision center.
Meanwhile, the 100-year-old Duval Ford has just opened its new dealership building at 1616 Cassat Ave. But it won’t hold a grand opening until this summer, after the old building is leveled and turned into a parking lot.
Work began on the building in July 2015 and building permits put the price for it at $10.5 million. It has a total of 81,000 square feet, including a 50,000-square-foot showroom and a service center with 60 bays and lifts.
The first apartment complex in Nocatee is in the works. The 250-unit complex is going in at the corner of Valley Ridge Boulevard and Cross Town Drive. The developers, who haven’t been identified, have purchased the land from the PARC Group and have not released any details.
A Nocatee spokeswoman said she didn’t know when construction will start, but said she believes that the complex will be open for rent in early 2019.
A reader asked about what’s going into the 2000 block of Mayport Road. It will be a Caliber Collision auto repart shop. The Texas-based chain has four other locations in the area. The vacant 4.47 acres at 2079 Mayport Road sold last year for $1,150,000.
Another reader asked about a rumor she heard that Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is moving into the Southgate Plaza on Beach Boulevard. Frank Reinstine Jr., director of real estate services for owner Demetree Brothers, said there have been discussions with the retail giant, but nothing has ever been finalized.
In the meantime, the owners are considering a complete overhaul of the shopping center, which is anchored by Save A Lot but has its share of vacancies and has gotten old and tired.
“We’re looking at what it could potentially be,” he said. “It’s the first shopping you get to when you leave downtown. Maybe a big box store, maybe a new grocery store.”
There’s nothing definite, but the flyer for it online already has some renderings of what a redone center might look like.
The former Arthur Murray Dance Studio at 7720 Merrill Road is being torn down and will be replaced by a MedExpress, which offers urgent care, employer health and basic wellness and prevention services. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no appointment necessary. It will hire about 20 people and is expected to open this summer.
Creighton Construction and Management has the contract for the new building: 4,537 square feet and $1,142,367.
The dance studio building was built in 1964 and sold in February for $550,000 after selling for $210,200 in 2012 and $620,000 in 2006.
Creative Grain Studio, a do-it-yourself craft studio, is opening in three weeks next to Tropical Smoothie on Hendricks Avenue in San Marco. Mother and daugther Kim Allawat and Racheal Melo have been operating it a few blocks away on Alford Place.
The primary thing they’ve helped people make are rustic, customized signs so far. But Melo said they’re expanding into trays, string art, planter boxes, etc.
San Marco garages
You can’t keep track of the parking garages at Baptist Health without a scorecard. So:
A permit was just issued for the foundation of a seven-story, 2,200 space garage at 1051 Palm Ave., That’s primarily for visitors to our Baptist Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital campus and is anticipated to be completed in January 2018. The Haskell Company is building that.
Another parking 644-space garage is under construction for the new Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, which is also under construction.
A third parking structure is being planned on the property behind the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute, but no timeline has been set.
1273 King St., expansion of Southern Roots Filling Station, $41,000, 1,798 square feet, Moducomm Development.
551 Cassat Ave., remodel convenience store, $179,909, 1,910 square feet, Dykstra Construction.
1740 N. Main St., tenant build-out for Hyperion Brewing, $178,220, 3,0050 square feet, The Malle Co. Owners are hoping for a May opening.
500 Edgewood Ave. S., tenant build-out for Fun Spot arcade, $12,500, 2,430 square feet, Prism Design and Construction.
8381 Dix Ellis Trail, tenant build-out for Auto Point, 462890.00, 15,771 square feet, Emerald C’s Development.
8787 Perimeter Park Blvd., tenant build-out for Imethods, $122,343, 4,470 square feet, Interior Buildouts Inc.
419 S. McDuff Ave., alterations for internet gaming café, $22,202, 1,850 square feet, Xeye Inc.
8451 Western Way, tenant build-out for Niles Construction Products, 292169.00, 3,502 square feet, CG Construction of Jacksonville.
8805 Southside Blvd., renovations of And That, $60,000, 14,401 square feet, R.P. Witt Construction.
1171 Edgewood Ave. S., tenant build-out for B Street Eats, $65,000, 3,157 square feet, R. Hartwig Construction. The Latin restaurant is from the owners of Maple Street Biscuit Co.
4268 Oldfield Crossing Drive, tenant build-out for Sushi Garden restaurant in Mandarin Crossing off Old St. Augustine Road, $46,000, 1,475 square feet, NIALVI.
8165 103rd St., exterior modifications to Take 5 Oil Change, $144,116, 1,200 square feet, CBH General Contracting.
ORO Heron LLC of Los Angeles paid $22,752,000 for the 384-unit Heron Walk Apartments, 7400 Powers Ave. They were built in 1978 and last sold for $15.3 million in 2014.
Blackstone Real Estate of New York paid $17.1 million for the Ashford Court at Marsh Landing senior facility at 1700 The Greens Way, Jacksonville Beach. It was built in 1999 and last sold for $21.6 million in 2012.
Arthur and Clara Dudley paid $1,095,000 for the 4,368-square-foot home at 1850 Shadowlawn St. in Avondale. It was built in 1947.
Ryan and Lindsey Riggs paid $2,078,000 for the 4,615-square-foot home at 2110 River Road, on the river in San Marco. It was built in 1941 and last sold for $725,000 in 1992.
Brian and Kathleen Hall paid $1,150,000 for the home at 335 2nd St., Atlantic Beach. It was built in 1946 and last sold for $900,500 in 2014.
Ricky Batye et al. paid $1 million for the 6,839-square-foot home at 17340 River Isle Circle, on 1.45 acres in Eagle Bend, off Yellow Bluff Road. It was built in 2001.
Gainesville East LLC of Fort Lauderdale paid $1.3 million for the East Coast Sushi &Grill building at 957 Regency Square Blvd. N.
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