Riverside is getting a new subdivision, which is something of a rarity. Though in Riverside, community may be the better word.

 

It’s going to be called Green Hills and it’s going in a block and a half west of King Street, where Green and Myra streets dead end before the railroad tracks.


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Corner Lot Properties found 3 vacant acres there and has divided it into 17 lots. Co-owner Andy Allen said he thought the property was a city nursery decades ago. They’ve looped Myra and Green back together in the property, paving what was a dirt road.

Allen said the project had to get Riverside Avondale Preservation’s OK, but each house will still need RAP’s approval.

John Merrill Homes is buying all 17 lots. Owner Adam Merrill said the lots vary from 37 to 50 feet wide, 109 to 140 feet deep. The homes, he said, will all be two stories, ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 square feet and starting around $375,000.

He’ll start the first model around August and build a couple spec homes for those who want to move in immediately. But most will be pre-sold.

“If you look at that market,” he said, “new construction doesn’t stay on the market long.”

New homes, he said, tend to go for 10 to 15 percent more than renovated homes in Riverside and Avondale.

Merrill said most of his business is building million-dollar custom homes.

“But I do like neighborhood homes,” he said. “Even if they’re smaller, I can still do what I normally do. RAP will make sure they look good on the outside.”

St. Johns

As for Corner Lot Properties, it started off buying distressed homes, renovating them and putting in renters. It sells some to people who want to be landlords, but keep most of them, now owning about 720 rental homes in the area.

But it has been expanding more into development, leaning toward infill projects like Green Hills. It has also got a new, small one in the works in St. Johns County.

Preserve Point is 10 lots at the corner of Palm Valley Road and Landrum Lane. Andy Reynolds Homes and Ossi Homes are each buying five lots to build custom homes, he said.

Clay

TVC Development expects to start construction this fall on a 96-unit apartment building for low-income seniors in Clay County. It’s going in at 534 College Drive, just north of County Road 220.

It’s going to be called Cassie Gardens.

TVC, a subsidiary of Vestcor, has two more affordable apartment complexes in the works in Jacksonville. Lofts at LaVilla is under construction next to the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Monroe Lofts is still in the planning/funding stages a few blocks away. Those are not restricted to seniors.

Emerson

Gate Petroleum paid $1.4 million for 1.5 acres on the southeast corner of Philips Highway and Emerson Street. It’s going to build a new standalone express car wash. The company first announced the new line of car washes last year, saying it’s planning at least 20 in the area.

Some will be next to Gate stores, some won’t. This one will be about a block away.

Gate paid $1.1 million in 2013 for about 2 acres to build a convenience store and gas station just up Emerson from Philips. But after the Wendy’s went in next door, there wasn’t room for a car wash next to the Gate.

Here are the other seven sites that Gate has confirmed for the new car washes:

• Collins Road and Interstate 295

• Nocatee Parkway and Davis Park Drive

• Beach and Hodges boulevards

• Florida 9B and Philips Highway

• Monument Road at Kendall Town

• Durbin Park

• Baymeadows and Old Kings roads

After the sale to Gate, Demetree Brothers still has about 5 acres available at the site of the old BellSouth building.

Blanding

A 5,400-square-foot RaceTrac convenience store and gas station has been proposed for the corner of Blanding Boulevard and Old Jennings Road, between Middleburg and Orange Park in Clay County. That happens to be right across Blanding from the spot where Wawa plans to open a convience store and gas station. It’ll be a very convenient intersection.

Lake City

Aspen Dental is continuing to expand in Florida. It opened its first clinic in Lake City on Thursday at 2143 West U.S. Highway 90, operated by Joshua Estes. Aspen how has 600 offices in 35 states, including 64 in Florida. It has five in the Jacksonville area with a sixth going into Town Center Promenade.

Permits

4601 Bulls Bay Highway, warehouse addition to existing warehouse 12C, $4,354,875, 124,425 square feet, Dana B. Kenyon Co.

9525 Philips Highway, adding bar to Regal Avenues Stadium 20 theater, $113,438, 300 square feet, Benning Construction.

701 W. Adams St., tenant improvement for Orange Legal, $111,842, 2,198 square feet, River City Contractors.

4339 Southside Blvd., renovation to Burger King, $302,937, 4,050 square feet, Stansell Properties & Development.

13423 Beach Blvd., tenant build-out for Panchero’s Mexican Grill, $200,000, 2,720 square feet, Ticon Inc. The Iowa-based chain has one other restaurant in the state in South Florida.

7040 Blanding Blvd., renovate existing customer lounge at Lexus of Orange Park to include café, $330,000, 2,670 square feet, Restoration & Construction Specialists.

7018 Blanding Blvd., renovate existing customer lounge at Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park to include café, $330,000, 2,526 square feet, Restoration & Construction Specialists.

450 Park St., foundation for new Gate store and gas station, $1.3 million, 6,540 square feet, Tim Young Construction. Gate paid $2 million for the block bordered by Edison Ave., Park, Forest and Chelsea streets and ran into some neighborhood opposition for the project before it was approved last year.

1712 N. Main St., tenant build-out for Social Grounds Coffee Shop, $8,900, 1,007 square feet, DLZ Construction.

76 S. Laura St., tenant build-out for Tossgreen restaurant in the SunTrust Tower, $40,000, 1,573 square feet, Jo En Construction.

5855 Fort Caroline Road, building for new Dollar General store, $322,000, 7,545 square feet, Concept Construction. A company spokeswoman said Dollar General is still looking at moving its store now at 6240 Fort Caroline Road to this new location, but is not committed. A decision is expected in early June. Meanwhile, Dollar General opened its store at 14837 Normandy Blvd. last weekend.

4600 Touchton Road, interior demolition of third and fourth floors for Fidelity NGRC, . $800,000.58,000 square feet, Brasfield & Gorie.

12574 Flagler Center Blvd., new three-story office building, $549,832, 50,454 square feet, Ash Construction.

5134 Firestone Road, tenant build-out for Jax Storage, $400,000, 49,292 square feet, JCI Development.

8900 Prominence Parkway, tenant build-out on first and second floors for Digital Risk, $168,292, 45,032 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

824 Childrens Way, Ronald McDonald House Phase III renovation, $1,146,179, 16,217 square feet, WG Pitts Group.

4972 Town Center Parkway, building for new Hobby Lobby, $1,980,000, 55,000 square feet, Hobby Lobby Stores. Hobby Lobby is moving from Markets at Town Center across the street to The Strand, one of the new developments now under construction.

Sales

14091 Philips Hwy LLC, affiliated with Digest Disease Consultants of 2151 Riverside Ave., paid $1.1 million for 7.47 vacant acres at 14091 Philips Highway, about 1 mile south of Florida 9B.

GH&G Beach LLC of Decatur, Ga., paid $1 million for 2 vacant acres at 8837 Beach Blvd., just west of Southside Boulevard. In November Circle K announced that it planned to build a convenience store and gas station at that site. Wawa is planning a store and gas station just east of Southside on Beach.

Todd and Christy Budnick paid $1,250,000 for the 2,634-square-foot home at 1251 Selva Marina Circle, Atlantic Beach. It was built in 1955.

Dennis and Robin Doyle paid $1,750,000 for the 5,569-square-foot home at 5367 Chandler Bend Drive in Pablo Creek Reserve. It was built in 2010.

Shoreline Property Management — Point Park LLC of Jacksonville paid $1.2 million for the two-story, 8,200-square-foot office building at 4741 Atlantic Blvd. It was built in 1987 and last sold for $1.5 million in 2004.

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