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Roger Bull’s Sunday Notebook: Large development planned near Town Center

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 @ 7:38 pm | updated Sat, Nov 22, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

Groundbreaking for the 300-unit Loree Apartments on A.C. Skinner Parkway is planned for January.

Groundbreaking for the 300-unit Loree Apartments on A.C. Skinner Parkway is planned for January.

Eckstein Investments of Jacksonville Beach has some big projects in the works. First, there’s the two apartment complexes going in on A.C. Skinner Parkway, southwest of the Southside/Butler boulevards intersection.

We wrote about the first of those, called the Loree, this summer. Groundbreaking for that three-story, 300-unit complex is planned for January, said Mark Farrell of Killashee Investments, who is acting as broker/consultant on the project.

Another 300-unit complex, this one four stories, is planned next to the other one. Construction should start in the third quarter next year, Farrell said.

But the bigger news is a few miles farther east. Eckstein has 115 acres under contract on Gate Parkway in the southwest corner of the Butler/I-295 intersection. There, Farrell said, the plan is for an upscale mixed-use development with retail, restaurants, offices, hotel and apartments.

“The beauty about the 115 acres,” he said, “is that it has a lake and creeks that run through it. The topography there is surprising. Some of the banks are 15 feet above the water.”

The plan is to put pedestrian paths along the creek, he said.

The property still needs to be rezoned and most of the details have not been worked out. But Farrell said the plan is definitely upscale with no big box stores planned.


I’ve gotten a few calls from people asking about the theater that was announced for Oakleaf Station in May. Construction was supposed to start this summer with opening early next year.

Nothing has happened.

Frank DeMarsh, president of Epic Theaters, says the theater is still coming. It’s in the permit phase and construction should begin in early January with opening nine months after that.

The plan has been reduced from 14 to 12 screens, he said, because of the size of the site.


Dirty Red’s Cajun and Southern restaurant in Neptune Beach closed last week.

H&M will open a clothing store in the Oaks Mall in Gainesville next spring.

A Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen has opened in the TravelCenters of America at the County Road 210 exit on Interstate 95.


12901 Flagler Center Blvd., new office and warehouse for Ja-Ru, $12,781,151, 352,677 square feet, Infinity Design Builders. The toy company is consolidating its headquarters and warehouse in a new building. It paid $3 million for 22 acres in 2012.

824 Children’s Way, three-story expansion and partial renovation to Ronald McDonald House, $7,625,000, 16,841 square feet, Danis Construction.

7915 Baymeadows Circle E., drywall, paint and carpet at Baymeadows Fitness, $209,000, 3,669 square feet, Dav Lin Interior Contractors.

2 Shircliff Way, interior renovation of sixth floor of St. Vincent’s for North Florida OB/GYN, $236,739, 4,400 square feet, Brasfield & Gorrie.

1411 Huron St., two new loading docks at Coca-Cola Bottling, $210,929, Bush Construction.

4203 Belfort Road, interior build-out for physicians office at St. Vincent’s, $213,887, 2,609 square feet, Brasfield & Gorrie.

441 Day Ave., classroom addition to community center at city’s Mallison Park, $200,000, 1,183 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

7255 Baymeadows Way, renovation of first floor lobby at Chase Bank, $135,300, 2,100 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

4500 San Pablo Road S., renovation of GI scope cleaning room at Mayo Clinic, $179,000, 1,900 square feet, Auld & White Constructors.

100 Myrtle Ave. N., repair/replace JTA modular office, $60,000, 520 square feet, Aegis Fire and Integrated Services.

7152-7160 Timmerman Lane, six new townhomes, $55,000 each, Leon C. Martin.

214 N. Hogan St., renovation of city offices on sixth floor, $140,000, 5,542 square feet, Breaking Ground Contracting.

13500 Beach Blvd., interior build-out for Orange Theory Fitness, $208,170, 3,600 square feet, Center, Knight & May Contractors.

8789 San Jose Blvd., exterior improvement to San Jose Professional Center, $570,964, 11,550 square feet, International Management Co.

10477 San Jose Blvd., interior/exterior renovation of Arby’s, $310,174, 3,541 square feet, Hudson Co. of Tennessee.

7331 103rd St., exterior remodel of Taco Bell, $138,087, 1,975 square feet, C.W. Hayes Construction.

3031 Monument Road, tenant build-out for Happy Nail Salon, $21,430, 1,300 square feet, Ash Construction.

1303 N. Main St., interior upgrades to Uptown Market, $110,060, 2,276 square feet, Tenant Contractors.

4129 Sportsman Club Road, interior remodel Kangaroo store, $115,777, 6,005 square feet, Kirby Brothers Construction.

9680 Argyle Forest Blvd., build-out for Starbucks, $199,951, 2,070 square feet, Elfrink Custom Construction.

8015 Merrill Road and 5444 Blanding Blvd., interior renovation at Krystal, $167,426, Diversified Commercial Builders.


Davis Development of Atlanta paid $3.18 million for 14.6 acres next to the Atlantic North shopping center at Atlantic and Kernan boulevards. The company is already building a 290-unit apartment complex on other land it purchased from Sleiman Enterprises, developers of Atlantic North. But an employee said no decision has been made about what will be done with the most recent purchase.

Flagler Vision LLC of Jacksonville bought two properties in the Flagler Center area, paying $1,513,162 for a portion of a 42-acre parcel of vacant land on Flagler Center Boulevard at Old St. Augustine Road and paying $832,837 for a 3.8-acre parcel next to it on Old St. Augustine Road.

Jacksonville Clinic Medical Plaza paid $6.45 million for a 57,000-square-foot office building at 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway. It was built in 2000.

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