The fence that has gone up around two blocks between Jefferson and Broad streets downtown has got some people talking, especially because the block between Houston and Forsyth streets has been empty so long. But that’s all for construction of Houston Street Manor, an apartment complex for low-income seniors that’s going across Houston from the big empty block.

 

Beneficial Communities of Sarasota is developing the seven-story building, which will have two floors of parking topped by five floors with a total of 72 units.


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The empty block is just being used for staging.

The income limits change each year with the median income in the area. But right now, it’s a maximum of $27,300 for one person, $31,200 for two, $35,100 for three and $38,940 for four. Rents for the 37 one-bedroom units are $655 a month. The 35 two-bedroom units are $775.

The complex is limited to ages 55 and over.

Beneficial paid $975,000 for the three parcels totalling about half an acre last year. That empty block is still owned by the Foram Group out of Miami.

Of course, a little farther down Jefferson, work is underway on Lofts at LaVilla, a 130-unit affordable housing complex. It’s not limited to seniors, but has the same income guidelines. The rents: $634 for a studio, $676 for one bedroom, $811 for two bedrooms and $937 for three bedrooms.

That’s being developed by Vestcor subsidiary TVC Development, which is also planning Lofts at Monroe, a 108-unit project planned for the block bounded by W. Monroe, W. Adams, N. Davis and N. Lee streets.

It got its final approval by the Downtown Development Review Board on Thursday, but still has to get a couple of other city approvals.

San Marco

And in case you missed Friday’s story on the DDRB meeting, a 143-unit apartment building is being planned for 1444 Home St. That’s just north of the Interstate 95 overpass and behind Clara’s Tidbits on Hendricks Avenue. Plans call for a four-story apartment building and a three-story parking garage.

More San Marco

Steller’s Gallery has moved out of its longtime home on Atlantic Boulevard in San Marco. Now the new owners have taken possession. Allen England Holdings paid $905,000 for the 4,030-square-foot building, which will become the headquarters for Industry West, an e-commerce furniture company now based on Hendricks Avenue.

Jordan England, co-founder and CEO, said his company has manufacturers around the world and all of its sales are done online. But the new headquarters will allow it to have a small showroom and storefront. The company, IndustryWest.com, has distribution centers in Jacksonville and Los Angeles.

Wawa!

An alert reader noticed that the corner of Monument and McCormick was not on the list of opening dates for the Wawa chain, despite being one of the first locations the company announced. A spokeswoman tells me that the company is still pursuing that site, but doesn’t have the necessary approvals lined up to make a formal announcement yet.

San Jose

And as reported last week, Gate Petroleum is tearing down its store and gas station at 9540 San Jose Blvd., replacing it with a new and bigger store and gas station. The company’s headquarters is right behind the store.

Right across the street is a new Daily’s store and gas station that’s under construction.

The Gate store was built in 2000.

Permits

13241 Bartram Park Blvd., tenant build-out for State Farm, $260,435, 2,200 square feet, Loraal Inc.

1554 St. Johns Bluff Road N., remodel existing Subway and convenience store, $152,038, 2,629 square feet, Suncoast Industrial & Construction Services.

1851 Southampton Road, second-floor office remodel at WJXT, $84,229, 11,200 square feet, Abacus Contracting.

11236 Baptist Health Drive, tenant build-out for cardiac imaging on third floor of Baptist Health, $239,583, 2,340 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

10916 Atlantic Blvd., converting use in Justin Plaza to Lucky Fun, $100, 2,055 square feet, Lev-Con General Contractors.

6259 Beach Blvd., tenant build-out for retail medical cannabis dispensary, $120,000, 2,513 square feet, Ticon Inc.

569 Stuart Lane, interior work for World Electric Supply, $85,000, 3,200 square feet, Worsham Construction.

2051 Sheridan St., new building Glorious Bethlehem Temple Church, $664,910, 4,450 square feet, R.P. Witt Construction.

1111 W. Forsyth St., foundation for regional transportation hub, $8 million, Balfour Beatty Construction. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority project will bring together the city’s bus system, Skyway rail system and Greyhound.

2079 Mayport Road, new building for Caliber Collision autobody shop, $1 million,16,900 square feet, Ticon Commercial.

10475 Fortune Pkwy., tenant build-out for Quality Stone, $112,800, 19,175 square feet. Holtsinger Construction. (Just FYI, Quality Stone works with rock veneers, patios, etc., and has nothing to do with the new medical marijuana industry.)

7400 San Jose Blvd., new batting cage for The Bolles School, $184,000, 459 square feet, Jenkins Construction.

14255 Zumbro Drive, new building at Mayo Clinic to hold cyclotron, lab and support space, $6.5 million, 7,397 square feet, Ault &White Constructors.

7500 Centurion Pkwy., mechanical upgrades at Vision Care, $495,000, Fickling Construction.

14866 Old St. Augustine Road, tenant build-out for Blue Sky Dental, $319,257, 2,386 square feet, Northeast Florida Contracting.

8925 San Jose Blvd., exterior modifications to Take 5 Oil Change, $117,675, CBH General Contracting.

11150 San Jose Blvd., exterior modifications to Take 5 Oil Change, $102,444, CBH General Contracting.

7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, tenant build-out for Green Shades, $178,721, 13,596 square feet, Tenant Contractors.

1902 Lane Ave. S., converting use to arcade, $5,000, 2,156 square feet, Brink Construction.

6825 Evergreen Ave., demolish buildings at U.S. Gypsum to prepare for future new construction, $300,000, 13,900 square feet, Southland Process Group.

5220 New Kings Road, tenant improvement for Florida Plastic Recycling, $100,000, 30,751 square feet, S&K Development.

11401 Atlantic Blvd., new Audi Jacksonville dealership, $3 million, 37,740 square feet, EnviroStruct. The groundbreaking for the latest addition to the Hanania Automotive Group was held Tuesday. It’s expected to open in the fourth quarter of this year.

225 E. Coast Line Drive, tenant build-out for Morton’s the Steakhouse, $434,318, 6,879 square feet, Goldcon. The restaurant is going into Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in a space vacated by Plaza III in 2009. Morton’s Southbank location closed in 2012.

8889 Corporate Square Court, tenant build-out for Chinese Christian Church, $200,000, 12,602 square feet, DRF Construction.

8278 103rd St., tenant build-out for Duval Arcade Center, 9,800 square feet, 1,157 square feet, Prism Design & Construction.

1265 Lane Ave. S., tenant build-out for Century 21 Arcade, $12,500, 1,100 square feet, Prism Design & Construction.

1810 W. Beaver St., addition of canopies and extension of existing sidewalks at Jacksonville Farmers Market, $548,178, Center, Knight & May Contractors. The farmers market received a $150,000 grant from the city last year to help pay for the improvements.

12640 Bartram Park Blvd., renovation of former restaurant space to allow retail space and restaurant, $190,000, 9,150 square feet, Ticon Commercial.

Sales

8014 Bayberry Road Real Estate LLC of New York paid $4,750,000 for the 32,781-square-foot office building at 8014 Bayberry Road. It was built in 1978 and last sold for $2.7 million in 2004.

Richard A. Kadel LLC of Sarasota paid $4,350,000 for Caliber Collision building at 13051 Beach Blvd. and the property behind it for a total of 4.3 acres. It was built in 1976 and sold for $3.1 million last year.

FLF Venture LTD of Maitland paid $5,246,655 for 12 units in the Greenleaf Building, 200 N. Laura St., in lieu of foreclosure.

103rd Street Bells LLC of Clearwater paid $3,510,633 for the Taco Bell building at 7331 103rd St. It was built in 1985 and last sold for $2.6 million in 2013.

West Florida Distributors of Sarasota paid $2,997,598 for the 26,000-square-foot warehouse at 9093 Philips Hwy., Suite 200.

6621 Southpoint Drive North LLC of Jacksonville paid $2,308,750 for the three-story, 39,416-square-foot office building at 6621 N. Southpoint Drive. It was built in 1984 and last sold for $1.9 million in 2015.

Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway LLC of Jacksonville paid $2.1 million for 2.77 vacant acres at Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway.

College Suites at Woodbury LLC of Winter Park paid $1,904,141 for the 8,692-square-foot store at 2470 Mayport Road. It was built last year after the vacant property sold for $497,000.

Nicolae Ionescu, Claudia Ionescu, Mircea Leu and Ionela Leu paid $1,750,000 for the store at Family Dollar building at 5714 Timuquana Road. It was built in 2008 and sold for $1.5 million that year.

D.R. Horton paid $992,000 for 31 lots in Old Kings Plantation, a development off Lane Avenue North.

GSK 5917 Roosevelt Blvd. LLC of Jacksonville paid $850,000 for the 8,000-square-foot shopping center at 5917 Roosevelt Blvd.

roger.bull@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4296