Demolition approved for start of Freshfields Farm
The City OK'd a demolition permit Monday for Freshfields Farm to start work at the former Liberty Furniture site at 5555 University Blvd. W.
Freshfields Farm, based in Orlando, wants to create a 22,300-square-foot market at the 4.2-acre site. It would remove part of the existing building and construct a new addition as well as a future addition.
Williams & Rowe Co. Inc. will handle the $10,000 demolition project.
As reported, the City has been reviewing the building permit application for Freshfields Farm to demolish part of the building and build part of a new merchant area and later expand. Williams & Rowe Co. also is shown as the contractor for the $1.5 million construction project.
Kasper Architecture Inc. is the designer and the owner is University & Spring Park LLC of Orlando, which comprises owners of Freshfields Farm.
Freshfields Farm sells meat and produce. Derek Wagner, director of marketing for Orlando-based Freshfields Farm, said that pending permitting approvals, construction and renovations for its Jacksonville location could be completed for a fall opening.
The site is at University Boulevard and Spring Park Road. Acamas Civil Engineering is the engineer.
Baldinos build-out OK'd
Tenant build-out was OK'd Monday for the area's first Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs restaurant.
Willis Contractors LLC is the contractor for the $40,000 project. Willis Contractors will renovate 2,250 square feet of space at 5921 University Blvd. W.
Baldinos founder Bill Baer in Marietta, Ga., said in January the company has an area development agreement with a group that is planning to open two restaurants this year in the Jacksonville market. He said the typical Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs shop is 2,000-3,000 square feet in size and staffs 12-20 full- and part-time employees.
The baldinos.us website says Baldinos bakes its rolls daily and all meats are sliced fresh in view of the customer.
A menu on the website includes cold and hot subs as well as grilled and toasted subs. Hot subs include steak, chicken, meatballs, sausage Italiano and vegetarian stir-fry. The menu also offers spaghetti, salads, sides and sweets.
Cely's, Maharlika licenses issued
Duval County Tax Collector Michael Corrigan issued business licenses to Cely's Famous Food Inc. at 2356 W. Beaver St. and Maharlika Hall & Sports Grill at 14255 Beach Blvd.
Both offer Filipino food.
The Cely's license was issued to Jaycel E. Adkins for public service or repair. Its Facebook page says Cely's Famous Food is about "Celebrating Filipino Food," posts Adkins. "The food my mom would make for Family and Friends," he says.
"Cely is my mother, Araceli Adkins, a single mother and small business owner, Pearl of the Orient, for over 20 years. Cooking, Cleaning, and Serving the good Filipino eats that we now serve via our Pop-Up Tent at Riverside Arts Market, UNF Market Days, Filipino Pride Day, and many other festivals throughout the year," posts Adkins.
"Filipino food is a jazz cuisine, not a classical cuisine, meaning it's all about variations & riffs on a theme," he posts.
The Beaver Street site is the commercial kitchen. Cely's also sets up at the Orange Park Farmers Market.
The Maharlika license was issued to Eden C. Castillo for a restaurant, café or snack bar.
Maharlika's Facebook page said its grand opening was March 2. "Bring your family to celebrate with our family, the opening of the largest Filipino/American restaurant that Jacksonville has seen to date," it says.
"Fans of Filipino artists and music in the U.S Jacksonville Florida area. Get your fix here," says its website, maharlika.mayumibeats.com. "Enjoy great food, and great entertainment. Now inviting all artists to come share your talent with our local audience."