An oceanfront block where a hotel was planned has been sold to hotel developers, but plans are still up in the air. Elite Hospitality, which already has several hotels in the area, paid $11 million for the oceanfront block at 715 1st St. N.

 

Bill Mann, planning and development director of Jacksonville Beach, said that under its previous owners, the site was OK’d for eight stories and 220 rooms with onsite parking within the building. The developers would also have to extend the city’s seawalk, which now ends a block south. Plans called for it to be under the Margaritaville Hotel banner.

And while Elite’s website shows the hotel as a Margaritaville, a spokesman for the company said all plans are currently in flux. It’ll be at least nine months of drawing up new plans and going back and forth with the city before any decisions are made, he said.

But he said Elite’s plans are not what was planned before and that they’re probably looking at less than 220 rooms.

It’s even possible, he said, that Elite doesn’t build a hotel on the site. That all depends on how the plans and approvals go.

Elite Hospitality is headquartered in Ormond Beach and has 12 hotels under different banners, all from Jacksonville south to Daytona Beach.

Youngerman

The former Circuit City at 6155 Youngerman Circle is becoming a bowling alley and more. The company doing it is Funworks, owners of Skate Station in Mandarin, Orange Park and Gainesville along with Splitz Bowling Center in Gainesville and a family entertainment center in Ocala. Last month, it paid $3.5 million for the building, which has been vacant since Circuit City closed there in 2008.

Now interior demolition has begun to prepare it for its new life as Splitz Bowling Center.

It will be 26 lanes, according to an employee in Gainesville, along with a large arcade, laser tag arena and full service bar and grill. It will all be a little more upscale than bowling alleys of the past, she said, but that’s the way the business has been going in recent years.

She said opening is planned for April or May.

Brooklyn

It seems like more self-storage places are popping up all over town. Here’s a couple of new ones in the Brooklyn area, just off downtown:

2004 Edison Ave., new three-story Cube Smart storage building, $4,225,826, 94,080 square feet, P.B. Brown. The 0.27-acre parcel just off Forest Street sold for $950,000 in July.

340 S. Myrtle Ave., new five-story building for Jacksonville Self Storage, $6,059,000, 91,700 square feet, Aargaard-Juergensen. Nuvo Development, a storage developer, paid $1 million for the 0.73-acre parcel between Elm and Elder streets in May.

Baymeadows

Construction has started on Butler95 Business Center, a 69,000-square-foot warehouse/office project at 8200 Cypress Plaza Drive, off Philips Highway. Individual units will range from 2,400 to 14,400 square feet, with the first ones completed by February.

Ten have already been sold, according to developers. Price is $90 a square foot or $216,000 for 2,400 square feet.

The same developers, Property Theater, are doing Bay95, a 14,800-square-foot shopping center on Baymeadows Road E. Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant and Marco’s Pizza have committed to that.

Etc.

Groundbreaking for JTB Luxury Apartment Homes, a 350-unit complex going on A.C. Skinner Parkway, will be Monday.

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q, a spin-off of Bono’s Pit Bar-B-Q, continues to expand. It’s scheduled to open its first Tampa location on Anderson Road in January. This will be the 11th in the chain in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Two more are scheduled in Tampa later next year.

Permits

451 Catherine St., accessibility improvements at Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Community Transition Center, two permits totaling $440,266, 8,080 square feet, E.B. Morris General Contractors.

12472 San Jose Blvd., new building for San Jose Auto Laundry automated car wash, $800,000, 4,405 square feet, Auld & White Constructors. The 1.1-acre vacant parcel across from Sonny’s BBQ sold for $900,000 in January.

800 Prudential Drive, renovation of cath labs at Baptist Health, $1,221,629, 1,950 square feet, Perry-McCall Construction.

510 Lane Ave. S., interior demolition to prepare for Starz Internet Café, $2,000, 3,911 square feet, FGC Inc.

11700 San Jose Blvd., tenant buildout for Mandarin Nail Salon, $49,250, 2,800 square feet, CSI.

4295 Sunbeam Road, remodel interior of leasing office, $135,000, 818 square feet, Triton Roofing and Restoration.

5000 Big Island Drive, repair water damage at 5 Thousand Town apartments, $2,350,862, 197,778 square feet, Prospect Construction and Development.

6969 Lenoir Ave. E., repairing drywall and painting at Red Roof Inn, $750,000, JK&R Construction.

9866 Baymeadows Road, tenant buildout for Pho X Dim Sum restaurant, $5,000, 2,000 square feet, MTN Design & Build.

4812 River City Drive, tenant buildout Kendra Scott Jewelers in St. Johns Town Center, $349,987, 2,060 square feet, Embree Construction.

2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, air cargo canopy repairs at Jacksonville International Airport, $912,404, 6,600 square feet, Acon Construction.

4220 Jones Road, install shelter at city’s Cisco Gardens park, $19,000, 256 square feet, Terry Rogers Construction.

9550 Regency Square Blvd., tenant buildout for Harry Pepper law offices,$375,690, 10,220 square feet, International Management Co.

2617 Zoo Parkway, install new gas storage tank and foundation at Buckeye Jacksonville Rail, $2,150,000, Gonzalez & Sons Equipment.

5011 Gate Parkway, repair and alterations to Amtrust Financial offices, $211,618, 5,012 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

555 Stockton St., renovation of Room 108 at Gateway Community Services, $551,145, 10,000 square feet, Hager Construction.

7214 103rd St., tenant buildout for new Checkers restaurant, $475,000, 2,142 square feet, K&G Construction. Though normally a drive-through, this Checkers will have seats. The building had formerly been Dragon Garden and Taste of Heaven.

3546 St. Johns Bluff Road, tenant buildout for Vonnie Wiggins Insurance, $109,760, 2,388 square feet, Dakenna Development.

3302 Hendricks Ave., awning for Metro Diner, $5,308, Advanced Awning & Design.

3610 Blanding Blvd., interior renovation of Fish Restaurant, $70,000, 5,000 square feet, NIALVI LLC.

3130 Hartley Road, renovation of restrooms at Ramada Inn, $142,246, 923 square feet, EIS Construction.

3910 University Blvd. W., new Wendy’s restaurant, $815,002, 2,433 square feet, North Coast Construction. The previous Wendy’s was torn down to make way for a replacement.

Sales

JEA paid $18,313,119 for 1,849 acres near U.S. 301 for one of the solar farms the utility is planning. The land is part of the 11,366 acres that 301 Capital Partners recently bought to restart a huge mixed-use project that ICI Villages had first planned a decade ago.

After paying $27.5 million for the full 11,366 acres, 301 Capital Partners sold the 1,849 to JEA.

Brandon Linder paid $1,930,000 for a 5,552-square-foot home, built in 2015, on the water off Beach Boulevard. We’re not give the address because we don’t want fans harassing our Jaguars, now do we?

Griffin Family Investments of Helena, Ark. paid $1,763,4 75 for for 9.85 vacant acres on Bella Marra Road, off Touchton Road.

Eagle Landing of Jax LLC of Ponte Vedra Beach paid $15,750,000 for the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport hotel at 14670 Duval Road. The 317-room hotel was built in 1981.

Atlantic Beach PropCo LLC of LaGrange, Ill., paid $6,402,174 for the Walgreens drug store building at 2405 Mayport Road. It was built in 2010.

AB Beach Boulevard LLC paid $1.9 million for 4.36 vacant acres at 950 10th St. S., Jacksonville Beach.

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