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Jacksonville University is renovating its football and lacrosse stadium as part of its ASPIRE fundraising campaign.

Jacksonville University to renovate football and lacrosse stadium

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Dolphin football and lacrosse are shaping up at Jacksonville University, which has applied for permits to build grandstand seating, a press box and a restroom building at the campus football stadium at a project cost of $2.85 million.

The projects are part of JU’s $120 million ASPIRE campaign to raise money for scholarships and research, health sciences facilities, improved athletics venues, an endowment and more. The $17 million targeted for athletics includes $4.2 million for the first phase of the football and lacrosse stadium improvements.

Dolphin football’s inaugural season was 1998 and lacrosse’s first season of competition was 2010

Perry-McCall Construction Inc. is shown as the contractor for the stadium permits. They comprise $2.05 million for the grandstands, $500,000 for the restroom building and $300,000 for the press box.

JU’s 198-acre Arlington campus, at 2800 University Blvd. N., is likely expanding. Tim Cost, president since February 2013 of the private liberal arts university, is considering acquiring property to the south, north, east and northeast and also is considering moving some graduate-level programs Downtown.

The $85 million ASPIRE campaign, which went public after Cost took office, has been re-set to $120 million because of expanded priorities. Almost half has been received or pledged.

In addition the $17 million for athletics, ASPIRE’s funds are targeted to advancing scholarships and academics ($27 million); the College of Health Sciences ($24 million); campus and student life enhancements ($12 million); and financial vitality ($40 million).

USNR files to renovate Westside warehouse

USNR, a Woodland, Wash.-based forest products equipment company, submitted plans to renovate the Westside warehouse it bought April 15 from a Missouri partnership.

USNR proposes to renovate the 170,000-square-foot building and to upgrade the exterior, including adding a loading dock. The building, at 6630 Broadway Ave., formerly served as a warehouse for Football Fanatics.

USNR Vice President Don Bingham said by email that USNR had no comment regarding the Broadway Avenue property that the company recently acquired.

Prosser Inc. of Jacksonville submitted the plans.

The plans show that USNR proposes to renovate the building at the 10.26-acre site, adding an elevated loading dock and a ramp into the building.

The exterior renovation consists of demolition of portions of the existing asphalt parking area, construction of a new elevated loading dock, construction of a new access ramp into the east side of the building and expansion of the existing stormwater basin.

USNR LLC paid $2.75 million for the property purchase, buying it from H.C. Jacksonville Limited Partnership, a Kansas limited partnership whose address is in Kansas City, Mo.

The warehouse was built in 1974. The 2014 market value of the three parcels of property included in the sale was $2.95 million.

USNR has seven divisions in North America, including in Jacksonville at 1220 W. State St, just west of the Kings Road postal facility.

USNR’s other U.S. divisions are in Eugene, Ore.; Painesville, Ohio; and a corporate headquarters in Washington. Its Canadian divisions are two in British Columbia and one in Quebec. There also is a division in Russia and sales representatives in Chile, New Zealand and Japan.

Million-dollar Baymeadows facelift

Owners of two Baymeadows retail centers, a half-mile apart, are planning six-figure facade renovations, totaling almost $1.2 million.

Deerwood Village at 9902 Old Baymeadows Road plans a $673,643 facade renovation for its five buildings. Tenant Contractors Inc. is shown as the contractor on a permit application. Deerwood Village Mall LLC owns the property.

Baymeadows Place at 9551 Baymeadows Road is planning for a $525,719 exterior renovation. Urban Partners Construction LLC is the contractor. The owner is listed as GMH Capital Partners.

Community First plan to rebuild in Arlington

Community First Credit Union plans to replace its 7676 Merrill Road office in Arlington with a larger branch, according to plans filed with the city.

The Jacksonville-based credit union wants to replace the existing 3,104-square-foot branch with a 4,000-square-foot branch on the 1.5-acre site. The structure was built in 1988.

In November, Community First Credit Union celebrated the opening of its 17th branch office – the Bartram Branch at 13910 Village Lake Circle in South Jacksonville.

The state-chartered credit union serves anyone who lives or works in the First Coast area of Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

It is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving 107,000 members and with assets of $1.3 billion. Community First Credit Union has 300 employees.

Visit www.communityfirstfl.org for more information.

ADB Law building in review

The Alexander DeGance Barnett law firm’s proposed 1500 Riverside Ave. building is in city concurrency review.

The firm, now leasing space in One Enterprise Center at 225 Water St. Downtown, plans a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building at the Riverside site of the vacant 4,316-square-foot medical office.

Mark Alexander, a founding partner of the litigation and trial practice firm, previously told the Daily Record that he estimates the total investment will be more than $2 million. The firm plans to raze the existing structure and develop its new building.

Alexander said construction should start in June and be completed in 10 months to a year. The firm expects to occupy most of the building at first and eventually all of it.

Arlington Toyota prepping for expansion

Arlington Toyota along Atlantic Boulevard in East Arlington applied for city concurrency review to demolish a retail center to make way for the dealership’s outdoor car display.

Referred to as phase one, the property owner, Arlington Land LLC, wants to take down a 7,100-square-foot retail center at 10957 Atlantic Blvd. It would use the space for display and inventory parking next to the dealership.

The first phase involves 3.22 acres and 352 parking spaces. A second phase is shown as two additional parts, sales and service buildings and 261 spaces.

Arlington Toyota, which operates a dealership at 10939 Atlantic Blvd., envisions an expansion involving adjacent property.

Property records show the dealership occupies structures totaling about 50,000 square feet on about 9.75 acres.

Arlington Realty LLC and Arlington Land LLC want to rezone contiguous and neighboring parcels at 10909 and 10957 Atlantic Blvd. and 123 General Doolittle Drive so that Arlington Toyota can expand the existing new and used motor vehicle

dealership and service department, according to rezoning documents.

The total acreage, including the dealership, would be 15.62 acres. Arlington Realty owns the site occupied by the dealership. Arlington Land owns the contiguous and neighboring parcels.

The first phase of the development will start this year to provide surface parking for the display of new and used automobiles.

Future development will consist of construction of additional buildings and improvements, and development could take place over 10 years, says the exhibit.

Laney & Duke sells Westside warehouse

Laney & Duke Terminal Warehouse Inc. and L&W HWLD Inc. sold a warehouse at 401 Ellis Road N. in West Jacksonville to an Illinois partnership for $2.8 million.

The sale was made Friday and recorded Monday with the Duval County Clerk of Court.

The buyer, 401 Ellis LLC, is based in Downers Grove, Ill., near Chicago. Talmer Bank and Trust issued a $2.25 mortgage on the sale.

Duval County property records show the 104,160-square-foot warehouse sits on almost 5 acres. The warehouse-distribution center was built in 1974 and the property’s 2014 market value is almost $1.96 million.

Carroll Tire Co. leases the structure.

The 401 Ellis LLC comprises four partners: Timothy Luby, Carol Manofksy and Merel Ventures Limited Partnership of Downers Grove and T2 Jax LLC of Wheaton, Ill. The limited liability company registered with the state April 16.

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