A Tru by Hilton hotel is going into the Town Center Promenade, across the street from the St. Johns Town Center. The four-story hotel will have 98 rooms and is expected to open in early 2019.


It’s a new franchise-only brand with the first locations expected to open this summer. Among its features: “A re-envisioned front desk featuring a social media wall with real-time content to foster engagement among guests.” Rates will start at $99.

Construction details: 4640 Tropea Way, $5 million, 42,246 square feet, Preferred Professional Services.


Construction is underway on Jacksonville University’s space on the 18th floor at SunTrust Tower, 76 St. Laura St. The facility is expected to have four classrooms, offices, conference space, collaboration rooms, open cubicles, IT workspace and a kitchen. The space is for graduate programs in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, but plans are being discussed to offer programs there by the Davis College of Business, according to a spokesman.

About 30 faculty and staff members will provide courses to about 100 students in day and evening classes. Opening is expected this summer.

St. Johns

Ash Properties has begun construction on The Shoppes of St. Johns, retail and office strip on Philips Highway, just north of County Road 210 in St. Johns County. It will have 26,000 square feet of retail and another 16,000 square feet of office space.

Randall Whitfield, chief operating officer of Ash Properties, said he’s got one committed tenant he can name now: Cronin Ace Hardware, which already has a location about 7 miles west on 210. That will remain open.

He said he expects about 10 storefronts in the retail strip and is shooting for what he called “a good community mix.” Opening is expected in the fall.

Meanwhile, Ash also owns the closed Kmart building on San Jose Boulevard. Whitfield said there’s no plans that he can talk about yet for that.


A reader asked about the Waffle House that was planned for 11839 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin. I reported that it received a state license last year, but so far the only thing that’s been built there is an Express Oil Change. But a Waffle House spokesman said the restaurant is still planned there. It’s going through the permitting process and, once that’s cleared, they’ll start construction on a freestanding building and plan to be open by December.

It’ll be the 15th Waffle House in Duval County.


14201 Pecan Park Road, three new prefab security checkpoints at Jacksonville International Airport, $1.7 million, 315 square feet, Acon Construction.

11949 and 11957 Atlantic Blvd., two new outparcel buildings in Atlantic North, $420,000 and 7,500 square feet each, Target Contractors.

6787 Wilson Blvd., new Wawa convenience store and gas station, three permits totaling $1,128,400, 6,119 square feet, G.M. Northrup.

8641 Western Way, remodel offices at Harrington Industrial Plastics, $218,100, Ely Builders.

7091 Collins Road, alterations for future Great Clips salon, $50,000, 1,200 square feet, J. Raymond Construction.

9450 San Jose Blvd., foundation for fueling canopy at new Gate store and gas station, $200,000, McGee Corp. Gate has demolished its store there and is building a new one.

11710 Central Parkway, renovations for Johnstone warehouse, $222,313, Tenant Contractors.

13480 Beach Blvd., renovations to Take 5 Oil Change, $61,944, 1,200 square feet, Foresight Construction.

225 E. Coast Line Drive, two exterior awnings for Morton’s The Steakhouse, $150,000, Goldcon Inc. The restaurant is opening in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

701 Mayport Crossing Blvd., complete demolition of Atlantic Beach Commons shopping center, $126,000, 70,000 square feet, Realco Recycling. Fleet Landing purchased the shopping center and other properties around it, totalling $5.8 million for 41.6 acres over the past four years. A spokeswoman said the retirement community does not have plans finalized for the property yet.

8441 Philips Highway, new RaceTrac canopy and fuel pumps,$100,000, Venture Construction. RaceTrac paid $575,000 last year for two parcels totaling 4.5 acres at Philips Highway and Freedom Crossing Trail, between Baymeadows and Sunbeam roads where it’s building a convenience store and gas station.

9395 Atlantic Blvd., demolish former Pier 1 Imports, $20,000, 8,550 square feet, Realco Recycling. Pier 1 closed last year. A permit has been issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District for a Chipotle restaurant on that site.

7111 Bonneval Road, tenant build-out of Fresh Mex restaurant, $11,250, 3,602 square feet, Blue Ocean Construction. The restaurant is going where Corner Bakery closed last year.

13165 N. Main St., four metal buildings for We Stor of Oceanway, four permits totalling $500,000, 20,257 square feet, Wright Enterprises of Jacksonville.

4991 Gate Parkway, interior renovation of Daily’s convenience store, $301,345, 5,000 square feet, C&R General Contractors.

Exterior modifications to three oil change businesses: 8539 Beach Blvd. $79,550; 714 Cassat Ave., $159,317; 12518 San Jose Blvd., $109,425. CBH General Contracting.

Butterfly Court and Berrybrook Drive, 24 new townhomes in Bayberry at Bartram Park, $156,000 each, Pulte Homes.

3200 Armsdale Road, tenant buildout for All Kids Care daycare center, $325,650, 4,526 square feet, Commercial Construction Services.

12230-12454 Glimmer Way, four new homes in Villages of Westport off Dunn Avenue, $75,000 each, 2 ,278-2,714 square feet, D.R. Horton.

4866 Gate Parkway, install underground fuel tanks and pipes for new Wawa gas station and convenience store, $250,000, Great Dane Petroleum Contractors.

11250 Old St. Augustine Road, indoor pool for LA Fitness, $204,000, Village Pools of Central Florida. LA Fitness is building a 37,200-square-foot gym in Old St. Augustine Plaza, which is anchored by Publix and Hobby Lobby.

10151 Deerwood Park Blvd., tenant build-out for Colonial Life, $96,626, 3,576 square feet, Emerald C’s Development.


Omni Consumer Products & Apartments of Aliso Viejo, Calif., paid $1,435,000 for 25 single-family homes in Jacksonville.

Maria A. Marin Revocable Trust of Sarasota paid $2,160,000 for the Family Dollar building at 6800 Firestone Road, built this year.

Mary Jane Morris paid $1,460,000 for the 4,528-square-foot home at 4091 Timuquana Road. It was built in 1933 and last sold for $700,000 in 1989.

Franklin and Lou Ann Stephens paid $1,365,000 for 3,200-square-foot condo at 14402 Marina San Pablo Place. It was built in 2006 and sold for $1.5 million when new.

Page Three Holdings LLC of Jacksonville paid $1,585,000 for the 13,000-square-foot office building at 7892 Baymeadows Way. It was built in 1978 and last sold for $682,900 in 2007.

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