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Jax Daily Record Thursday, May 7, 202005:10 AM EST

Aldi preparing to demolish old Wells Fargo; Amazon plans on Blanding in review

St. Johns Bluff, Bahia Drive could land retail center; Boulevard Crossing adding buildings.

Aldi Inc. is preparing to demolish the closed Wells Fargo bank branch at 3650 Philips Highway for construction of a grocery store.

The discount grocer intends to build a 20,442-square-foot store on almost 2.8 acres at Philips Highway and Emerson Street.

Aldi Florida LLC bought the property May 4 from Wells Fargo Bank for $1.8 million.

Schmid Construction Inc. of Clermont will demolish the two-story, almost 9,800-square-foot office building on the site at a cost of $56,000, the permit shows.

Upham Inc. is the civil engineer. SGA Design Group of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the architect.

The city also is reviewing a permit application for Schmid Construction to build the Aldi store at a construction cost of  $1.95 million.

Aldi’s Haines City division is developing the site. 

St. Johns Bluff, Bahia Drive could land retail center

JEA issued a service availability letter for an 8.27-acre commercial development called HSC East Jacksonville at St. Johns Bluff Road and Bahia Drive.

 The project consists of a 20,000-square-foot retail store and a 2,500-square-foot restaurant.

 Hix Snedeker Companies of Daphne, Alabama, requested the preliminary review.

The company says on its website that it developed 5.3 million square feet of commercial space in 22 states, including 507,852 square feet in Florida.

A representative said no development is confirmed. The land is owned by Pozin Six Children LLC.

Amazon plans on Blanding in review

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing plans for to convert the closed Kmart at 4645 Blanding Blvd. into a delivery center.

Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Inc. of Fort Lauderdale is the civil engineer.

The city issued a permit March 19 for Bryan Builders LLC of Longwood to renovate the 103,317-square-foot building for a package-delivery center at a cost of $12 million. 

City Council enacted Ordinance 2019-0877-E on Feb. 11 to rezone the 11.36 acres to permit the use.

The bill changes the zoning to allow a 111,718-square-foot center, with vehicle staging.

The Kmart store has been vacant for seven years. Blanding Self Storage LLC owns the site. Amazon intends to lease it.

Boulevard Crossing adding buildings

 The city issued a permit for Elkins Construction LLC to build a 6,826-square-foot  retail building for lease at 5753 Beach Blvd. at Boulevard Crossing, the center under redevelopment at northwest Beach and University boulevards.

Hallmark Partners is the developer. McDonald’s Corp. was the first to build with a new restaurant.

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