Construction has started on the new apartment complex going in on the river in Riverside. But it’s going to be close to two years before it’s done.


The two five-story edifices are being built at the end of Bishopgate Lane. On the north side of the street, where the Duval County Medical Society once stood, will be 22 units. On the south side of the street, where the Shepherd agency once stood, will be 103 units with a parking garage that will be for residents in both buildings.

An amenity center and pool will be on the top of the garage, which is being cast in place rather than put together with sections made elsewhere. William Norris, development director for TriBridge Residential, said the pool on top requires sturdier construction than a usual garage.

The garage will take four or five months to build. The first units, he said, are expected to be ready in early summer 2019, with the rest delivered by the end of summer.

A riverwalk will be built the length of the property and will be open to the public, he said. Access to the buildings will only be on Bishopgate.

The complex will have studio (640 square feet and about $1,500 a month), one-bedroom (760 square feet and $1,500-$1,800 a month) and two-bedroom units (1,200 square feet and $1,800 up).

A 16-story condo tower called Beacon Riverside had been planned for the property, but sales were suspended in 2015. Projects like that need to have contracts on about half of the units before getting construction, and they simply weren’t coming. Prices ranged from $600,000 to $2.3 million.

That’s when Tribridge stepped in. Norris said he expects to have final renderings of the project in a few weeks.


If you missed the story a few days ago, Aldi has confirmed that it will open a grocery store in San Jose Plaza, the Mandarin shopping center that’s anchored by Bonefish Grill. That’s one shopping center north of where Trader Joe’s opened recently. It’s expected to open next year, along with previously announced Aldi stores in CB Square at Atlantic and Southside boulevards and in Bolton Plaza on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.

No estimated opening dates were given.


Baptist Medical Center South continues to grow. Building permits have been issued for:

14534 Old St. Augustine Road, four-story medical office building, $9,162,000, 97,884 square feet, Auld &White Constructors.

The new building will bring total campus space to about 1 million square feet.

14546 Old St. Augustine Road, tenant renovations for MD Anderson Cancer Center, $536,600, 8,164 square feet, Auld &White Constructors.

Fort Caroline

And then there’s this house being built on the river at 13001 Fort Caroline Road. The building permits:

Two-story single-family home — $3,197,700 square feet, 16,830 square feet.

One-story guest house — $112,950, 1,506 square feet.

Two-story guest house — $185,175, 2,207 square feet.

Fishing storage garage (because you’ve got to have one of those) — $18,000, 600 square feet.

Covered storage/carport — $32,000.

Entry wall/gates — $30,000.

If you don’t have your calculator handy, that’s $3,575,825, not to mention the $1.67 million spent on the acres.


Penney Retirement Community in Penney Farms will break ground on Friday, Oct. 27, on a new nursing care facility. The 50-bed facility will replace the older 40-bed one. It’s expected to open fall 2018.

VyStar Credit Union will open a new branch at 3654 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, on Thursday, Oct. 26.


9428 Arlington Expressway, new facade for Regency Pointe shopping center, $810,975, Tenant Contractors.

9620 Water St., repair slab at city’s Riverview Senior Center, $64,959, 5,442 square feet, Warden Contracting.

1083 Line St., upgrade and repair city’s Wallace Small Senior Center, $226,917, 3,231 square feet, Warden Contracting.

4500 San Pablo Road, cath lab interior at Mayo Clinic, $590,220, 1,360 square feet, Auld &White Constructors.

1105 San Marco Blvd., demolition of interior of Sherwood’s bar, $199,550, 1,900 square feet, Southern Atlantic Co. The bar is closed and needs interior rebuilding after Hurricane Irma.

11262 Beach Blvd., install temporary walls for haunted house attraction, $2,000, property owner.

8876 A.C Skinner Pkwy., new apartment complex, 14 permits totaling $35,153,511, LandSouth Construction. I wrote about this last week, but JTB apartments will consist of 350 units in four five-story buildings.

1959 San Marco Blvd., stationary awnings at front and rear of Seafood Island Bar and Grill, $57,000, Thomson Awning &Shutter. The business is going in where Pizza Palace had been for 27 years. It’s connected to Seafood Express &More, which has locations on St. Johns Bluff Road South and on North Main Street.

13146 Wolf Bay Drive, new flex warehouse for RPM Automotive, $850,000, 10,500 square feet, Oakwell Companies.

Repairs due to flooding at 2253 Oak St. ($50,000), 2251 Oak St. ($50,000) and 2257 Oak St. ($75,000).

6747 Southpoint Pkwy., new building for Northeast Florida Builders Association, $1 million, 10,293 square feet, Thomas May Construction. The association currently leases office space on Century 21 Drive, but will own this building. It has 15 employees, but needs a building that large because it will have an auditorium. It’s expected to be completed in eight months.

6240 Fort Caroline Road, tenant buildout for Fish World Arcade, $2,200, 1,650 square feet, Advance Design &Construction.

3541 University Blvd. W., tenant buildout for EE Café, $5,000, 2,500 square feet, Advance Design &Construction.

3728 Philips Highway, tenant buildout for Hanger Clinic, $140,612, 6,360 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

12740 Gran Bay Pkwy., tenant buildout for Michael Baker International, $66,727, 2,108 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

2020 Park St., add 142 kitchenettes to Riverside Presbyterian House, an assisted living facility, $1,623,757, 145 square feet, Midway Construction Services.

13430-13508 Avery Park Lane, 12 new single-family homes, $120,000-$140,000 each, KB Home. Avery Park is off Starratt Road in Oceanway.

9890 Hutchinson Park Drive, interior renovations to Walmart, $135,319, 698 square feet, Elder-Jones Inc.

4948 University Blvd. W., exterior updates to Burger King, $250,000, 2,908 square feet, Southport Construction.

1012 Margaret St., tenant buildout for nail salon, $50,000, 1,750 square feet, CSI.

8437-8451 McGirts Village Lane, eight new townhomes in McGirts Village off Kinkaid Road and 103rd Street, $85,000 each, American Classic Homes., (904) 359-4296