I took a tour of IKEA building that’s under construction at Gate Parkway and Interstate 295 last week. The story ran in Friday’s paper, but will recap the most important updates:


Opening is planned for fall, but no date has been set. It will hire more than 250 people, with managerial positions posted this month, and hiring for other positions starting this summer. The Swedish meatballs have been expanded to include chicken and veggie.

But that drive down Gate Parkway south from Butler Boulevard certainly gives you a quick view at how fast that area of Jacksonville growing. It seems just about every bit of land that doesn’t have a building on it has a sign about something coming or a sign letting you know it’s for sale, just in case you wanted to build something.

Just south of Butler, at the corner of Gate Parkway and Deerwood Park Boulevard, is where Gateway Village at Town Center is going. I wrote about that in Wednesday’s paper, but here are the numbers: Up to 300 multifamily units, 50,000 square feet of retail, 25,000 square feet of office space and a hotel. The total price tag is around $75 million.

Town Centre One is just a sign right now. But what’s is a planned 160,000-square-foot office building next to the FBI building. Van Trust Realty paid $4.6 million for the 10.6 acres last year and is developing the project.

The slabs have been poured for The Point at Town Center, a 246-unit apartment complex going in at the intersection with Burnt Mill Road. The first units should be ready this fall, with completion in summer 2018.

And then there’s the Southside Quarter, a 105-acre mixed-use project being developed by Hines. There’s no buildings yet, but the numbers are big. Planned for the first phase are two 125,000-square-foot office buildings, 300 multifamily units as well as single-family homes.


OK, I admit I have a little fun with the interest over Wawa coming to town. It is a convenience store and gas station, after all. But there does seem to be a lot of interest. The company had groundbreaking for its first two stores in the area on Thursday. I didn’t go.

But it did give approximate opening dates for eight area locations:

n Town Center and Gate parkways, November/December.

n Wilson Boulevard and Lane Avenue, November/December.

n Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway, spring 2018.

n Argyle Forest Boulevard and Old Middleburg Road, spring 2018.

n Beach and Southside boulevards, summer 2018.

n Blanding Boulevard and Filmore Street, Orange Park, November/December.

n Blanding Boulevard and Henley Road, between Orange Park and Middleburg, spring 2018.

n Park Avenue and Wells Road, Orange Park, summer 2018.


Here’s a few updates on Tamaya, the big housing development going in at Beach and Kernan boulevards. Phase I of Bella Nina, 171 homes, is sold out. The next phase, Bella Nika, has 146 homesites.

The average sales price so far is $525,000, but two homes are being built on estate lots: $980,000 and more than $1 million.

The $11-million Residents Club is completed with a opening this week.

Lake Gray

Robbins Electra has purchased its fourth apartment complex in the area this year alone. The Tampa-based company paid $30,900,000 for the Lake Gray complex, 6500 Lake Gray Blvd. and renamed it Landings at Lake Gray.

The 300-unit complex was built in 2005 and sold for $28.3 million the next year.

last sold for has continued its buying spree across the southeast. The company recently acquired Lake Gray, a 300-unit apartment complex in Jacksonville, Fla. The asset will be rebranded as Landings at Lake Gray.



4796 Hodges Blvd., new office building for Las Vegas Self Storage, $131,806, 22,712 square feet, Infinity Design Builders.

4906 Town Center Parkway, new building for PGA Tour Superstore, $1,375,000, 25,538 square feet, Hoar Construction. It’s the chain’s first store in Jacksonville and, in addition to golf retail, it will have swing simulators, hitting bays, a putting green and an in-house club-making and repair facility. It’s going into The Strand, one of the new developments across the street from St. Johns Town Center.

1000 Riverside Ave., build-out of River & Post restaurant on 1st and 9th floors, $1 million, 7,182 square feet, Summit Comercial Group. The restaurant is going onto the roof of the building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Post Street. The first-floor entry to the building is also being redone.

1515 Prudential Drive, repair and common area renovation at Lexington Hotel and Conference Center, $890,000, 191,627 square feet, PIP Management.

2631 Jammes Road, tenant build-out for Blue Sky Gift & Arcade, $17,500, 1,800 square feet, Prism Design & Construction.

14866 Old St. Augustine Road, tenant build-out for Lavish Nails, $62,000, 1,697 square feet, Ovation Construction.

4490 Southside Blvd., tenant build-out for AT&T store, $90,000, 1,689 square feet, Skyline Construction.

16236 Normandy Blvd., 1-million-gallon storage tank for Eagle LNG production facility, $9.1 million, Matrix Service. Eagle will take natural gas from a line that runs into the facility, process it into liquified natural gas and then truck it to JaxPort where it will be used by ships as well as exported.

1 Imeson Park Blvd., renovations to Venus Fashion, $451,539, 224,179 square feet, Richard Claude Haskew.

14035 Beach Blvd., tenant improvement for Cold Stone Creamery, $125,000, 2,400 square feet, Coastal Atlantic.

11230 Old St. Augustine Road, renovations to McDonald’s, $271,000, 4,745 square feet, Stansell Properties & Development.

1818 N. Davis St., tenant build-out for 8th Street Fast Café, $21,500, 1,604 square feet, Blue Ocean Construction.

14866 Old St. Augustine Road, tenant build-out for North Florida Vision in Shoppes of Flagler Center, $140,012, 2,038 square feet, Paterson Construction Group.

9703 San Jose Blvd., interior demolition of former Steamin’ restaurant for new Graffiti Junktion Burger Bar, $123,987, 2,507 square feet, PPD Construction Services.

4578 Tropea Way, new Texas Roadhouse restaurant, $800,000, 7,163 square feet, Buffalo Construction. It’s going in The Strand, across from St. Johns Town Center.

4490 Southside Blvd., finish building for new Pet Supermarket, $180,137, 6,900 square feet, Skyline Construction.


Capview Income & Value Fund IV LP of Dallas paid $4,299,400 for the La-Z-Boy store building at 10452 Philips Highway. It was built in 1995 and last sold for $2.1 million in 2014.

Lake Park Colonial 54 LLC of Jacksonville paid $2,175,000 for the Lake Colonial Apartments at 1865 W. Edgewood Ave. The 54-unit complex was built in 1967 and sold for $1 million in 2015.

Han W. Tun and Win H. Thu paid $1.2 million for a 5,655-square-foot home at 4477 E. Glen Kernan Parkway in Glen Kernan Golf & Country Club. It was built in 2002.

Roger.Bull@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4296