Several Jacksonville apartment complexes have sold for big dollars, Jacksonville Armada is opening its own store store at the Town Center and the first Wawa stores in the area will be opening in a week and a half.

 

Think about: Ikea is open, Wawa is opening and the Jags are rolling toward the playoffs. Life is going well here in River City.

First, a few of the apartment sales.

Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust of New York has paid $140.5 million for three complexes totalling 1,032 units. The properties:

$67.9 million for the 480-unit Cape House Apartments, 4460 Hodges Blvd. They were built in 1998 and last sold for $55,075,000 in 2013.

$36.3 million each for the 276-unit Mirador and Stovall at River City apartments, 131100 Broxton Bay Drive near River City Marketplace. Both were were built in 2014 and last sold for $31 million each in 2014.

Meanwhile, Pollack Shores Real Estate Group, the developer of Brooklyn Riverside, is back in the Jacksonville market. The Atlanta company sold the 310-unit Brooklyn Riverside for $58 million in 2016, a year after it opened.

Now it’s paid just about the same price, $58,775,000, for The Retreat at St. Johns, 12310 Seacrest Lane off Kernan Boulevard. The complex was built in 2007 and is 94.75 percent occupied, the company said.

Pollack Shores plans about $4 million worth of improvements, mostly inside the units, including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

There are more apartment sales farther down in the column.

Wawa

Wawa has set opening dates for its first two stores in the Jacksonville area. The stores at 6787 Wilson Blvd. and 678 Blanding Blvd. in Orange Park will open Wednesday, Dec. 13. If you’re really serious about it, you can go to the ribbon cuttings: 9 a.m. on Wilson and 1 p.m. on Blanding.

You can make it a Wawa kind of day.

The chain has at least a dozen more stores in the works in the area. A permit has just been issued for demolition of the former Corner Deli and Jax Lanes bowling alley on the southwest corner of Lane Avenue and Ramona Boulevard to make way for another new Wawa. That’s right at the Interstate 10 exit.

Town Center

The Jacksonville Armada FC is opening its own store in the St. Johns Town Center. The store is all Armada, selling only merchandise related to the soccer team. The soft opening began on Friday, but the grand opening is likely to be sometime in January. Although the future of the North American Soccer League seems to be in doubt, new owner Robert Palmer seems to feel pretty good about the team’s standing and appeal.

It’s on Midtown Parkway, in the area between P.F. Chang’s and M Shack.

Northwest

Vista Landing Preservation LLC, affiliated with The Related Group of Miami, has purchased the Cleveland Arms Apartments, 5020 Cleveland Road in Northwest Jacksonville, for $4.3 million. And it’s changing the name to Vista Landing Apartments.

The 200-unit complex is 48 years old and is only in fair condition, according to David Loewy of The Related Group. So it’s going to spend more than $6 million, he said — everything from new roofs to bathroom fixtures.

The clubhouse will be upgraded to include a gym, computer room and a children’s playground outside.

The complex is Section 8, meaning it’s subsidized. Rents are $712 for a two-bedroom and $821 for a three-bedroom. It’s between 90 percent and 95 percent occupied, he said.

Philips

A new Dollar Tree store is going in on Philips Highway, just south of Emerson Street. Demetree Brothers have been selling pieces of the 7.5 acres where the old BellSouth building once stood for the last couple of years. They’ve sold off pieces for the Gate store on Emerson and the Wendy’s next to that.

Gate Petroleum also paid $1.4 million for 1.56 acres on the corner of Emerson and Philips where it plans to put a car wash.

Earlier this month, Dollar Tree paid $720,000 for 1.14 acres at the south end of the parcel. A building permit was just issued for the 9,973-square-foot, $950,000 store. Opening is planned next April, according to a spokeswoman. The stores, where everything is $1, usually hire 12 to 20 people.

Meanwhile, Demetree Brothers is down to one 1.26-acre lot between the car wash and the Dollar Tree.

Etc.

Tropical Smoothie will open its Bartram Park location, 13820 Old St. Augustine Road, on Friday, Dec. 1.

CareNow Urgent Care has opened its first Jacksonville clinic at The Strand at Town Center, 4888 Town Center Parkway.

Permits

Yes, I was on vacation and there was no Sunday Notebook last week. So this one is really long.

2664 Port Industrial Drive, new building at Jax Green Industrial’s Jax Port Trade Center, $1.2 million, 28,408 square feet, Spinner Construction. The company is also planning a similar, multi-tenant project, Port Jax Trade Center II, nearby on Alta Drive.

130 E. Bay St., replace 18 inches of drywall, carpet, baseboard in units in Coker Building, $143,060, GBN Construction.

8355 Baymeadows Road, strip shopping center on the site of the former Miami Subs, $1,248,080, 7,600 square feet, The Malle Co. The 0.93-acre parcel sold in October for $730,000.

10113-10161 Ramsey Falls Drive, 10 new single-family homes in Longleaf off Old Middleburg Road, $273,060-$319,410 each, Lennar Homes.

7106-7130 Swan Falls Court, seven new single-family homes in Longleaf, $273,060-$319,410, Lennar Homes.

11246 Lem Turner Road, replace playground equipment at city’s Garden City Park, $99,125, Precision Playgrounds-Jax.

11770 Atlantic Blvd., new building on outparcel at Atlantic West, $125,000, 7,755 square feet, DHP Construction.

1 Everbank Field Drive, construction of new Miller Lite lounge as part of Daily’s Place, $120,000, Birken Construction.

9711 Applecross Road, expansion of Jimmy Hula’s restaurant in Oakleaf Town Center, $64,736 square feet, 400 square feet, Moducomm Development.

8115 Swift Fox Trail, clubhouse for Fox Creek community off Cecil Commerce Connector, $2 million, 2,299 square feet, K&G Construction.

1795 Kernan Blvd. S., shell building at Kernan Pointe Center, $550,000, 6,796 square feet, Target Contractors.

4843 Victor St., change of use to bulk storage of tires, $40,000, 120,000 square feet, Grandeur Homes.

4660 Salisbury Road, renovation of restaurant in Wyndham Hotel, $19,825, 3,355 square feet, Orlando Construction.

2779 Talleyrand Ave., foundation for Tallyrand marine terminal, $2,165,000, Petticoat-Schmitt Civil Contractors.

6929 103rd St., new CarWashU, $1,053,405, 3,162 square feet, Able Construction.

10302 Deerwood Park Blvd., tenant buildout for Full Source Offce Improvement, $245,000, 27,796 square feet, Castle Ridge Builders.

3270 Tamaya Blvd., foundation for Grand Living at Tamaya, a 171-unit senior living center, $2.1 million, Ryan Companies.

8595 Beach Blvd., converting use to Black Jax Aracade, $2,500, 6,200 square feet, Styles Smith Plumbing.

1 Imeson Park Blvd., tenant buildout for General Dynamics’ Census office, $729,893, 50,462 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors. Last year, General Dynamics received a $430 million contract to provide operations support for the 2020 Census.

9480 Arlington Expressway, tenant buildout for Visionworks, $186,000, 6,675 square feet, Terry Adams Inc.

9960 Regency Square Blvd. N., interior renovation of Atrium assisted living building, $1.1 million, 8,500 square feet, JVK Contractors.

9317 Atlantic Blvd., tenant buildout for Aldi, $1,106,000, 20,266 square feet, Bay to Bay Properties. The grocery is scheduled to open next year in CB Square.

7014 A.C. Skinner Parkway, tenant buildout for Stryker, $226,703, 7,100 square feet, Tenant Contractors.

7077 Bonneval Road, tenant buildout on sixth floor for MCCJ Jax, $243,175, 2,622 square feet, Wilson & Co.

6942 Almours Drive, new single-family home,$1.2 million, 3,162 square feet, Carlton Construction. The 0.66-acre riverfront lot off San Jose Boulevard sold for $2 million in 2008. The original home, built in 1958, was torn down this year.

8380 Baymeadows Road, tenant buildout for bakery, $80,506, 1,505 square feet, International Management Co.

Sales

Harvest Holdings of Delray Beach paid $18,550,000 for the 288-unit Canopy Creek apartments at 11291 Harts Road. They were built in 1975 and last sold for $12,440,000 in 2015. The company also owns Eagles Point and Townsend apartments in Jacksonville, both on Townsend Boulevard.

Nancy and Peter Staats paid $2,353,000 for a 2,628-square-foot oceanfront home at 1911 Beach Ave., Atlantic Beach. It was last sold for $2 million in 2015 after selling for $2.6 million in 2007.

Majestic Plaza LLC of Miami paid $2.5 million for the 96-unit Palm Terrace Apartments, 4646 Moncrief Road. They were built in 1963 and last sold for $2.1 million in 2013.

George C. McCombs paid $1.1 million for the 0.67-acre vacant riverfront at 3824 McGirts Blvd. The previous home had been demolished four years ago.

3550 University Blvd. South Holdings LLC of Jacksonville paid $2.1 million for the three-story medical office building and three parcels with parking lots, 1.66 acres at 3550 University Blvd. S. It was built in 1986.

Plaza 281 LLC of Beverly Hills, Calif., paid $14.4 million for the 281-unit The Plaza apartments at 3780 University Club Blvd. They were built in 1975 and last sold for $13,650,000 in 2007.

Key Haven Partners LLC of 10825 Key Haven Blvd., Jacksonville paid $3.7 million for the 64-unit the Hidden Oak Apartments at 10825 Key Haven Blvd. They were built in 1988-1991 and last sold for $1,360,000 in 2000.

Beth and Dale Mueller paid $2 million for a new 5,209-square-foot home at 5281 Bentpine Cove Road in Pablo Creek Reserve.

S&K Investments of Champaign Inc. of Boca Raton paid $1.8 million for 61,955-square-foot manufacturing building 10 Van Dyck Road.

George Stephen and Yolande Piazza paid $1.2 million for the 2,496-square-foot home at 96 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach. It was built in 2014 and last sold for $1.1 million in 2016.

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