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Worldwide Express moving from Southpoint to Five Points ‘Black Sheep’ building

by Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

The "Black Sheep" building in the Five Points area of Riverside near Downtown Jacksonville is gaining a tenant — Worldwide Express — for its top floor.

Worldwide Express Global Logistics will relocate from the Southside and have signage on the Five Points building, said Worldwide Express Manager Colin Frost.

Worldwide Express operates in the Butler Pointe building at 4500 Salisbury Road, Suite 126, in the Southpoint area. Frost expects the move to Five Points to be completed in September.

Black Sheep Restaurant operates on the first floor and has a rooftop dining area at the distinctive triangular building in the heart of Riverside at Margaret and Oak streets.

The City is reviewing building-permit applications for tenant build-out for Worldwide Express in Suite 301 in the building at 1534 Oak St.

The space includes the pointed part of the triangular building.

"It is interesting and challenging to build an office in that space," Frost said.

Design Point Inc. of Indiana is designing the build-out. Plans show Coastal Reconstruction Inc. as the contractor for the $65,000 project to take up about 2,600 square feet of space.

The property owner is Margaret and Oak Streeet LLC, owned by the Insetta family. The building was constructed in 2012.

Black Sheep Restaurant Group Inc. is led by Jonathan Insetta.

Margaret and Oak Street LLC also proposes to improve the common areas of each floor at a project cost of $104,000.

Coastal Reconstruction is shown as the contractor for that project as well. Design/Cooperative LLC of Jacksonville is the designer.

Plans show that the second and third floors each comprise two suites — 2,587 square feet at the point and 2,092 square feet next to it — and 750 square feet of common area.

The building is shown on property records as about 18,000 square feet of space.

Worldwide Express is a Dallas-based global logistics company that handles package and freight shipments for small to midsize businesses.

Its wwex.com site says it has more than 150 franchises nationwide and is one of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping for UPS, as well as a freight partner to more than 55 carriers.

Frost said Worldwide Express has operated in Jacksonville for about 15 years, using Southside office space.

"It's time to put ourselves in an office space that is reflective of who we are as an organization and prepare for the new hires we will bring on board," Frost said.

Frost said Worldwide Express uses about 1,200 square feet of space now, meaning it will more than double in space upon the move.

He said the office has seven employees and he would hire four to five more. The space will accommodate 15 to 16, he said.

St. Vincent's opening 3rd First Care

St. Vincent's HealthCare is building out space to open its third St. Vincent's First Care, a concept designed as an occupational health and wellness center to serve employers.

The location also will offer walk-in express care.

The City approved the build-out of 3,768 square feet of space in West Jacksonville at Normandy Square at 7921 Normandy Blvd.

Cornerstone Homes LLC is the contractor for the project, shown at a construction cost of $246,219.

St. Vincent's spokeswoman Ilyssa Drumm said the First Care along Normandy Boulevard is expected to open in November. The investment is estimated at $500,000.

Drumm said the second location is scheduled to open next month at 5501 Roosevelt Blvd. She said the St. Vincent's Primary Care office in Ortega is transitioning to become a St. Vincent's First Care Walk-In Express Clinic.

That location will operate like an urgent care clinic "without the high co-pay."

She said both of the new locations will offer walk-in express care in addition to occupational health.

For now, the first location, at 5600 Spring Park Road, No. 200, will continue to offer occupational health only, she said.

According to the jaxhealth.com site, St. Vincent's First Care offers Northeast Florida employers "prompt access to employment physicals, drug screenings, lab tests and quick assessment of employee injuries."

On June 19, St. Vincent's HealthCare announced it launched the new occupational health program.

It said the service, formerly known as CompCare Health Solutions, would operate under the St. Vincent's First Care name.

CompCare's Spring Park Road offices became First Care, "with additional facilities opening soon."

City sells 33 acres to Hillwood for almost $300,000

Hillwood, the Dallas-based company chosen as the master developer of Cecil Commerce Center, paid $294,290 to the City of Jacksonville for 33.37 acres in the West Jacksonville industrial and business park.

The deal was signed July 2 and recorded a month later, last Friday, in the Clerk of Court's office. The deal works out to $8,819 an acre.

City Chief Administrative Officer Karen Bowling signed the deed on behalf of Mayor Alvin Brown.

"The acquisition fulfills a contractual obligation by Hillwood," said David DeCamp, Brown's director of communications.

"It is premature to speculate on plans for the site, although the FedEx project is not germane to it," he said in an email.

FedEx Ground Package System is building a 300,000-square-foot distribution center at Cecil Commerce Center.

DeCamp said the property sale to Hillwood is for the site of a 400,000-square-foot building planned by Hillwood. No tenant or user has been identified for it.

Plans filed with the City show a two-phase warehouse-distribution project at the site, with a first phase of 400,000 square feet and a second at 600,000 square feet.

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