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South Florida investor Ramon Llorens bought property along the Jacksonville Southbank Riverwalk last summer. The property is being marketed to tenants and will be renovated.
Jax Daily Record Friday, Mar. 4, 201612:00 PM EST

Amkin marketing Southbank Riverwalk offices


Amkin Management, led by South Florida investor Ramon Llorens, is seeking tenants for vacant Jacksonville riverfront property he bought late last summer along the Southbank Riverwalk.

The property is another piece of the emerging redevelopment of high-profile Southbank properties and the first indication of what Llorens plans there.

There’s already interest from architectural and law firms, restaurants and health care offices, said property manager Sonny Redmond.

Five of the six buildings are available for lease. The six total about 19,400 square feet of space; about 15,900 square feet is vacant, he said.

“We’re real pleased to own the property and we want to be good neighbors,” Redmond said.

Amkin also is marketing about 250 parking spaces for lease to nearby residents and businesses.

The property primarily is along the St. Johns River in front of the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk, which is undergoing a $21 million renovation.

To its west are The Peninsula and The Strand residential towers and to its east is land in review for the Broadstone River House apartments by Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co.

To the south are the duPont Center I and II buildings bought last year by Baptist Health, which wants to use available space there for administrative and clinic offices.

It’s also near The District, the proposed almost 30-acre riverfront healthy lifestyle-focused residential, commercial and retail project by developers Peter Rummell and Michael Balanky.

“We feel the property is strategically located to complement the growth that is planned for this area,” Redmond said of the Amkin property.

Llorens, through Brickell South Miami Developments LLC, acquired the property Aug. 31 from a company reorganizing under bankruptcy laws.

Documents detailing the sale said the acquisition comprised 7.5 acres while Duval County property records show the group owns at least 6 acres.

Redmond estimates the usable property at 7 acres.

The property includes the Chart House restaurant, which has a ground lease that includes 70 parking spaces. Of the six commercial buildings, one, at almost 3,500 square feet, is leased to The Jacksonville House of Prayer.

There also is a west parking lot for tenants on the property along with another parking lot at Prudential Drive and Riverplace Boulevard.

Amkin seeks commercial, retail and professional tenants for the available space, Redmond said.

“We’re in the process of getting our plans together,” he said.

Amkin probably will renovate, upgrade “and do the things necessary” to rent the structures.

Redmond said the ownership group is a long-term investor, but it doesn’t have a long-term redevelopment plan yet for the property.

“We bought it to keep,” he said.

Llorens owns several properties in Jacksonville.

Since September 2014, through ownership groups, he acquired EverBank Center Downtown; 36 acres in the Talleyrand area that include the former Ford Motor Co. plant; about 55 acres in North Jacksonville along New Berlin Road at Dames Point; and a Downtown parking garage at 336 W. Bay St.

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