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Performance Bicycle plans to open in Jacksonville: N.C. company website shows 5 stores in Florida

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Performance Bicycle, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., plans to open this summer in Deerwood Park in Jacksonville's Southside in the site of the David Gates Golf Headquarters Inc. store.

A building permit application shows Performance Bicycle will open in the 10,260-square-foot building at 4421 Southside Blvd., whose owner is shown as the David D. Gates Land Trust of Ponte Vedra Beach. The building was constructed in 1998.

The construction project for Performance Bicycle is shown at $280,000 and is out for bid.

A Gates representative had no immediate comment Monday.

The performancebike.com site shows the company, with more than 100 stores in 19 states, will open five Florida locations. Photos of the sites show the Jacksonville store at the Gates location.

The site says:

"Opening Summer 2013, your new Jacksonville Performance Bicycle will have an unrivaled selection of bikes, bike helmets, cycling shoes, jerseys, shorts, sports nutrition, bike parts, Shimano and more at the best prices in Jacksonville - all backed by Performance Bicycle's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and Low Price Promise."

It invites viewers to provide their names and email addresses to "be the first to know about store opening and grand opening information."

Along with Jacksonville, the site shows the company intends to open in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Winter Park.

Performance Bicycle was created by Garry and Sharon Snook in 1982 in the basement of their Chapel Hill home, the site shows.

"The fledgling young company's commitment to giving cyclists the best selection of products, the best value and the best service in the industry fueled the growth of Performance Bicycle for the next three decades," says the site.

The site says more than 10,000 products are available through its catalog and website.

Performance Bicycle says it is the No. 1 cycling retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. It is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Conn.

Construction plans show the store will comprise 7,901 square feet of sales space and 2,359 square feet of nonsales space.

Deerwood Lake Lofts approved

Construction was approved for the Deerwood Lake Lofts apartments at 4360 Deerwood Lake Parkway.

Catamount Constructors Inc. is the contractor for the 130-unit apartment building and parking garage at a cost of $26.8 million.

Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill., is the developer.

Plans show 86 one-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom units in one building that wraps around a multilevel parking garage and a pool. The 5.8-acre site is west along Southside Boulevard, south of Touchton Road.

Signs of retail development

Family Dollar signs were OK'd for stores at 4302 Moncrief Road W. and 1556 Monument Road. Signsharks Sign Service Inc. is the contractor for the two ground signs at a project cost of $12,000.

• The sign for Jax Thrift Avenue at 10029 San Jose Blvd. was approved. Signsharks Sign Service Inc. is the contractor for the wall sign at a project cost of $1,000. Proceeds of the store benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville.

Public Defender renovations OK'd

The Office of Public Defender Matt Shirk announced Danis Building Construction has begun interior build-out at its offices. The project is expected to take two months and cost an estimated $450,000.

The office relocated in October 2011 from 25 N. Market St. to the Jake M. Godbold City Hall Annex at 407 N. Laura St. Downtown.

As part of the move, "some minor retrofitting has been expected to take place," Shirk said in a news release.

"After 15 months of functioning in temporary conditions, construction on the interior of the building has begun during this final week of January 2013," he said.

The City issued a building permit last week for Danis Building Construction to provide minor interior renovations in the six-story building at a project cost of $450,000.

The news release said three of the building's six floors "are currently deficient necessary office space for Assistant Public Defenders and other legal staff; therefore a total of 27 new offices are being constructed on those floors."

"Once complete, the office building which houses approximately 60 attorneys will be able to ensure all APDs have private office space to conduct the sensitive, legal business of our clients," Shirk said.

Shirk said the move to the building was required for the office to be near the new Duval County Courthouse.

Shirk said the office was allotted $2.8 million by the City to complete the transition and saved $1 million by terminating its former lease with a private property owner.

"The cost of present construction is expected to be $450,000 which is $2 million less that what was originally appropriated in the courthouse budget," Shirk said.

"We look forward to the completion of the ongoing construction and eventually having the adequate and modern space which will allow us to best serve the indigent accused," he said.

He expects the project to be completed by the end of March.

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