Two buildings, side by side on Atlantic Boulevard in San Marco, are being redone.


The one at 1649 Atlantic, a two-story office building, is just getting facelift. But the changes for the building next door, 1639 Atlantic, are more significant.

The Rubin Companies has owned 1649 Atlantic since 2006, But it just bought 1639 in May, paying $600,000 for the two-story, 8,000-square-foot building. It had been been the home of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida for years. But that nonprofit agency has moved to the Jessie Ball DuPont Center downtown and put the empty building up for sale.

Mark Rubin said the plans are for a restaurant downstairs, with about 4,000 square feet plus outside dining. The upstairs will be offices. He said he doesn’t have any tenants yet, but he’s talked to several restaurateurs, including one who already has a restaurant in San Marco.

The total cost of the project, he said, will be more than $1 million.

The building does have something that’s a rarity in San Marco — its own parking lot. The two buildings share a lot that is being reconfigured to hold about 42 spaces.

Meanwhile, the company has its offices on the second floor of 1649 Atlantic since 2006. Rubin said it will spend about $150,000 sprucing up that building before he signs a new tenant for downstairs.

That’s not the only change for that stretch of Atlantic Boulevard. Southern Grounds, a coffee shop in Neptune Beach, will open a second location later this year at 1671 Atlantic, two doors east of Rubin’s buildings.

Last month, the Rubin Companies sold the building at 1615 Hendricks Ave., occupied by Hurricane Wings and Saucy Kitchen, for $2,365,000. It had owned that for 19 years.

Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296