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Sysco invests $1M more in NW Jacksonville

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Sysco International Food Group Inc. has added a Northwest Jacksonville property to its expansion plans.

The company paid $915,000 for a 32,375-square-foot warehouse on 2.8 acres at 3000 W. 45th St., next to the Hilton Street warehouse it already is redeveloping.

"Our IFG export business acquired the facility for distribution services. We already own the building next to it, so it's essentially for future expansion," said Sysco Communications Director Wendy Olson.

The deed was made Dec. 4 and recorded Dec. 6 with the Duval County Clerk of Court.

Sysco bought the property from Leroy D. Mohrman Jr. The building was developed in 1964.

As reported, Sysco International Food Group intends to invest almost $11.1 million to renovate a Northwest Jacksonville warehouse at 3100 Hilton St. to accommodate an expansion.

A building-permit application describes the 195,000-square-foot project as a renovation and expansion of an existing facility, including the freezer, cold dock, dry warehouse, dry dock, office and related site improvements.

Sysco Corp.'s International Food Group is based in Plant City. The Jacksonville expansion will accommodate the group's exports operation and is expected to create 60 jobs by early summer.

Charley Wilson, vice president of corporate communications, said in October the International Food Group distributes and exports products to Sysco customers outside the United States.

Houston-based Sysco has two distribution centers in Jacksonville — the new International Food Group center and its food-service operation at 1501 Lewis Industrial Drive, which is 3 miles southwest. Together, the two are expected to have more than 300 jobs in Jacksonville.

The company has 93 locations in the U.S., Bahamas, Canada, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It has grown to $44 billion in sales and serves about 425,000 customers in the foodservice industry, delivering food and food-related products to restaurants, health care and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home.

Tamaya starting development

Tamaya, a 2,400-home and 500,000-square-foot commercial development, is breaking ground in Southside.

It is taking shape along Beach Boulevard at Kernan Boulevard on 780 acres, one of the largest tracts remaining for development between the Beaches and Downtown.

The development team, ICI Homes of Tamaya, includes principals Mori Hosseini, chairman and CEO of ICI Homes; James Carr, chairman and CEO of Devco; and Armando Codina, chairman and CEO of Codina Partners.

Tamaya will include a gatehouse and entrance featuring a cascading water feature.

There also will be a lake, a $10 million amenity center with a pool and cabana; and a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse.

The first phase comprises 169 single-family homes.

Construction has begun at a Beach Boulevard entrance.

ICI Homes of Tamaya plans to start a model village of eight homes in January and open them in the spring.

Home prices will start in the mid-$300,000 range.

The 16 home models, which can be customized, range from 1,900 to 3,500 square feet.

Leadership Jacksonville wins Emmy

Leadership Jacksonville's Jacksonville Legacy Series won an Emmy award for its Alton Yates Episode. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter presented the Emmy in the category of best interview/discussion.

Kent Lindsey of Lindsey Films, producer of the series, accepted the award. Kent and Pepper Lindsey own Lindsey Films Inc.

Earlier this year, Leadership Jacksonville and Lindsey Films were awarded two Telly Awards for the series, one in the Educational Programming category and one for the episode featuring Jacksonville University Chancellor Emeritus Frances Bartlett Kinne.

The ongoing video series is broadcast on public television's WJCT-TV in Jacksonville and full episodes as well as unedited scenes are posted on the station's website, YouTube and Leadership Jacksonville's website.

The series also has featured philanthropist and civic leader Bob Shircliff and the late Frederick Schultz, a founder of Jacksonville Community Council Inc. and Leadership Jacksonville, and who is considered the inspiration for the series.

Planning Council honors area leaders

The Northeast Florida Regional Council presented annual Leadership Awards on Dec. 5.

The awards and recipients were:

• Regional Leadership Award: John W. Edwards Jr., executive director, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency.

• Special Achievement: Jacksonville Community Council Inc., accepted by Executive Director Ben Warner.

• Affordable Housing: St. Johns Housing Partnership, accepted by Executive Director Bill Lazar.

• Economic Development and Tourism: One Spark, accepted by Meredith O'Malley Johnson, public relations and volunteer services manager.

• Education: Northeast Florida Community Action Agency Data Busters Summer Youth Program, accepted by Edwards.

• Environmental Stewardship: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, accepted by Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Undersander.

• Planning and Growth Management: Tom Ford, chair of the Nassau County Planning and Zoning Board, accepted by Nassau County Planning Director Peter King.

• Public Safety: St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar.

• Quality of Life: Town of Beverly Beach, accepted by Commissioner Sandra Siepietoski.

• Transportation: Keep the Ferry Task Force, accepted by St. Johns River Ferry Commission member Rich Redick and Jacksonville City Council member John Crescimbeni, commission chair.

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