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EverBank to move 400 more jobs Downtown

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

EverBank Financial Corp. will move about 400 more jobs Downtown, the Jacksonville-based company confirmed Friday.

Upon the move, the company will employ more than 1,800 associates in the Downtown EverBank Center at 301 W. Bay St.

EverBank spokeswoman Kipin Alexander said the latest move is in the planning stages and details weren’t available about which group would be moving and when.

EverBank Chairman and CEO Rob Clements told JAXUSA Partnership in June that in 2012, the company moved 1,600 workers from the suburbs to the 30-story AT&T Tower, renamed EverBank Center.

Mayor Alvin Brown, City Council and the state agreed to offer EverBank $5.15 million in incentives to move 1,000 jobs Downtown and create 200 more. The jobs moved from the Southside.

This year, EverBank sold part of its mortgage servicing business to Green Tree Servicing LLC, which hired 500 EverBank associates, who became Green Tree employees in May and work in EverBank Center.

Clements said in June that EverBank has more than 1,550 employees Downtown among the center and the EverBank Plaza building along Riverside Avenue, where the company is based.

Pam Smith, the owner’s representative at EverBank Center, said EverBank will sublease a floor of the Green Tree space, which means the bank will be using nine floors and about 270,000 square feet of space.

“They are our biggest tenant,” she said.

EverBank started its EverBank Center lease with nine floors, added two, then gave up three for Green Tree. Now it will be back to nine floors.

Smith said the tower is about 60 percent occupied. She said the owners intend to bid again for the Citizens Property Insurance Corp.’s need for 226,400 square feet of office space

The building is one of four Downtown towers that were listed for sale since late last year and the only one that has not sold yet. The Aetna Building, Wells Fargo Center and Bank of America Tower all have changed hands.

The almost 1 million-square-foot EverBank Center is owned by El Ad Florida LLC. El Ad bought the building in 2004. It is being marketed by Colliers International.

“We have a lot of interest right now,” Smith said. “It’s good for Jacksonville. We are the only one that’s really left and we have so much activity. It makes it a very good sign for the market for Jacksonville.”

 

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