Golf balls won’t be the only thing flying out by the St. Johns Town Center. An indoor skydiving center called iFly has a contract on a piece of land near TopGolf. Actually, it’s right across the retention pond from TopGolf.

 

And there are plans for more entertainment right there.

But first, a little about iFly. It’s an indoor wind tunnel that blows hard enough to keep someone midair. There is a 300-pound weight limit, though. And there is a training session before you go.

At the Orlando location, two flights for one person is $69.95. Each flight lasts about 60 seconds.

The company now has 65 locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, including Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

Now, back to the property: iFly has 2.5 acres under contract, but only needs 1.1 acre for its project. So Duke Addison and Amanda Kinkade, who brokered the deal for Addison Commercial Real Estate, are looking for a buyer for the other 1.4 acre.

The idea is to keep the entertainment theme going. Addison said they’ve talked to another entertainment venue and a themed restaurant.

Addison said he expects the sale to iFly to close in January and construction to take nine months.

Westside

If you missed it last week, building permits have been issued for the new Costco on Parramore Road, just off Collins Road and Interstate 295 on the Westside. The company still isn’t talking about it at all and won’t say when construction is expected to start and finish. But the numbers: 7935 Parramore Road, $11,709,364, 154,568 square feet, T.D. Farrell Construction, along with a fuel station with eight islands, $914,458.

Mandarin

An opening date has been set for the new Earth Fare in Mandarin: Aug. 23. It’s in Mandarin South shopping center, 11700 San Jose Blvd. Both Earth Fare and PetSmart are splitting the space left when Winn-Dixie moved across the street years ago.

The natural foods grocery has hired 88 people so far, but will be doing interviews over the next couple of weeks to fill the other 50 spots. Applicants can go to earthfare.com/mandarin.

The first and only Earth Fare natural foods store in the area opened in 2014 at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards, in the Atlantic North shopping center. This will be the 42nd store in the chain, including ones in Gainesville and Tallahassee.

Atlantic

Speaking of Atlantic North, MedExpress is building a standalone urgent care center there at the corner of Atlantic and Kernan. No timeline has been given for its construction or opening, but CCS Construction has the contract for the $750,000, 4,564-square-foot building.

MedExpress already has one location under construction at 7720 Merrill Road, where an Arthur Murray Dance Studio once stood. That will open Aug. 23. The company is planning a third Jacksonville location downtown, but has not released that address.

All clinics will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week and offer a variety of urgent care, employer health, basic wellness and prevention services.

They employ about 20 people at each location.

Atlantic North is anchored by Belk, Earth Fare, Academy Sports + Outdoors and L.A. Fitness.

Gate

Here’s few more details about the 11 acres that David Weekley Homes bought in the Southside Quarter development on Gate Parkway, just north of Ikea. Plans call for 89 townhomes and 46 single-famly, detached homes. The townhome lots will be 20 feet wide, the single-family 36 feet wide.

Homes will range from 1,600 to 2,200 square feet, but no prices have been set yet.

The first homes are expected to be built next spring.

San Jose

Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home is adding a new facility inside Oaklawn Cemetery on San Jose Boulvard. Thomas Harris, general manager for the 14 Hardage-Giddens locations in Jacksonville, said the building is going to be set up more like a banquet room than the traditional chapels it currently has nearby on Hendricks Avenue and elsewhere. More families are requesting an informal celebration of life instead of a formal church service, he said.

The new building is actually at 1601 Inman Place, next to the cemetery, on property that Hardage-Giddens’ parent company, Service Corporation International, paid $670,000 for last year. The company has about 2,500 funeral homes nationwide.

Toney Construction has the contract for the $2,348,000, 5,317-square-foot building.

Industrial

Ivanhoe Cambridge of Montreal paid $53,640,000 for eight Jacksonville industrial properties as part of a 150-plus portfolio it bought from TPG Real Estate. The properties:

  • $9,720,000 for 1420 S. Vantage Way.
  • $7,830,000 for 13920 Alvarez Road.
  • $7,180,000 for 1460 Vantage Way.
  • $6,770,000 for 13291 Vantage Way.
  • $6,190,000 for 1350 Tradeport Drive.
  • $5,850,000 for 1371 Tradeport Way.
  • $5,390,000 for 13910 Alvarez Way.
  • $4,710,000 for 13340 International Parkway.

Permits

11699 Camden Road, foundation for Special Tool Solutions, $260,000, Tom Collier Building Construction.

3215 Hendricks Ave., interior remodel to Mullins dental office, $576,467, 3,259 square feet, The Angelo Group

10199 Southside Blvd., interior alterations to Blue Cross Blue Shield, $129,300, 6,516 square feet, C. Harrison Construction.

370 Zoo Parkway, new bonobos building at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, $860,000, 3,118 square feet, Perry-McCall Construction. The current Great Apes Loop at the zoo will be replaced by a $9 million exhibit called The African Forest. It’s expected to be finished next summer.

101 E. Bay St., buildout for private dining room at Cowford Chophouse, $322,457, 1,600 square feet, Danis Construction. The restaurant held a job fair this past week to hire employees, but no opening date has been given.

9031-9085 Emma Jean Court, five new single-family homes in Mill Creek near the Regency area, $125,000 each, D.R. Horton.

10475 Fortune Parkway, tenant buildout for Native Sun corporate office, $31,500, 1,500 square feet, Williams & Rowe.

920 Cassat Ave., tenant buildout for Spin to Win Arcade, $14,500, 3,360 square feet, Prism Design & Construction.

1 Shircliff Way, renovated fifth floor for new office space at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, $238,000, 5,5655 square feet, Batson-Cook.

2165 W. 33rd St., Police Athletic League playground, $150,000, Galaxy Builders.

4906 Town Center Parkway, interior buildout for Best Buy, $2.3 million, Hoar Construction. The electronics store is moving from Markets at Town Center across the street to The Strand.

9125 Philips Highway, tenant buildout for Outside Agents, $429,895, 7,050 square feet, Emerald C’s Development.

6757 Atlantic Blvd., locker room and concession stand for Knight sports complex at Episcopal High School, $100,000, 2,004 square feet, Scherer Construction of North Florida.

4420 Imeson Road, 120-foot concrete dock at UPS facility, $175,000, Kajima Building and Design.

10300 Southside Blvd., tenant buildout of Samuels Jewelers at The Avenues, $120,000, 1,336 square feet, Madesin General Contracting.

11443 San Jose Blvd., interior, exterior repairs to San Jose Collision, $95,833, 3,060 square feet, Howard Construction.

10010 Whipporwill Lane, renovations to Deerwood guardhouse, $575,300, 220 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

4500 San Pablo Road, interior renovation of first floor of Mayo Clinic’s Cannaday Building, 451 square feet, $167,425, Auld & White Constructors.

2003-2026 Patriot Walk Drive, 9886-9892 Patriot Ridge Drive, five new single-family homes in Patriot Ridge, $169,669-$221,260 each, Dream Finders Homes.

14560 Old St. Augustine Road, interior renovation of Starbucks, $202,651, 1,800 square feet, Florida ECI Corp.

5344 Hala Court, new two-story, single-family home in Pablo Creek Reserve, $1,175,000, 7,606 square feet, Collier Classic Homes of Ponte Vedra Beach. The vacant lot sold for $300,000 last year.

9143 Philips Highway, tenant bailout for Lucas Tile retail store, $38,100, 2,248 square feet, Coppedge Enterprises.

10300 Southside Blvd., remodel of Color Me Mine pottery painting studio in The Avenues, $24,510, Alexis Builders.

1054 Arlington Road, alterations and repairs at Skribbles Embroidery, $91,799, 2,984 square feet, Accelerated Contractors.

5995 University Blvd. W., tenant buildout for Concentra, $694,174, 6,288 square feet, Marand Builders.

Sales

Prager Property Management of Atlanta paid $6,407,500 for 73 properties, mostly single-family with some multifamily units, primarily on the Westside and Northside. As of Thursday, its website listed 34 Jacksonville properties for rent, ranging from $375 a month to $975 a month

Fusion Rental Community LLC paid $4,014,122 for about 8 acres on Baymeadows Road East at Homeplace Drive. Fusion is part of Fort Family Investments, which has developed multiple apartment complexes in Jacksonville, including three in the immediate area. But a spokesman said it has no immediate plans for this piece.

Charles and Julia Stark paid $2,150,000 for a 4,271-square-foot home at 4440 Heaven Trees Road, on the river off San Jose Boulevard.

Lance and Rachel Ringhaver paid $1,805,000 for 9000 Kings Colony Road, on the river off Beauclerc Road. It was built in 2007 on property that sold for $1,395,000 in 2005.

Solomon and Audrey Jones paid $1,285,000 for a new 4,276-square-foot home at 5109 Commissioners Drive in Pablo Creek Reserve.

Stephen and Zula Tokarz paid $1,250,000 for a 4,190-square-foot home at 1144 East Coast Drive in Atlantic Beach. It was built last year on a lot that sold for $499,000 in 2015. The previous house was torn down.

Raymond Knight Mason paid $1,150,000 for Unit 1102 in Villa Riva condominiums, 2358 Riverside Ave. It last sold for $1,249,1000 when new in 2005.

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