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Jax Daily Record Monday, Sep. 22, 201412:00 PM EST

Citizens Property to focus on 4 sites for center

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Citizens Property Insurance Corp. wants four of the six applicants that bid on providing a consolidated Jacksonville Operations Center to make presentations and demonstrations.

The evaluation team for the project decided today that representatives of EverBank Center Downtown at 301 W. Bay St.; Prominence in Baymeadows at 8935 Freedom Commerce Parkway; Regency Square Mall in Arlington at 9501 Arlington Expressway; and Three Oaks Plaza at 7960 Arlington Expressway will be asked to take the next step to compete for the bid to fill Citizens Property’s need for about 226,400 square feet of office space.

A fifth, 7215 Financial Way, where Citizens Property current leases some of the space for the existing area offices, was discussed as a reserve location. Graham & Co. is the landlord.

A sixth bid by CRT Baymeadows Ltd. for 8800 Baymeadows Way W. was not discussed by the committee for further review, citing parking requirements necessary for the project.

Amkin West LLC owns EverBank Center. Nathan Lee Head represents the proposal for Regency Square Mall. Crocker Partners owns the Prominence business park, formerly known as Freedom Commerce Centre. Ivy Investments LLC bid on behalf of Three Oaks Plaza.

The presentations and demonstrations are expected Oct. 6-8. The committee is scheduled to recommend the vendor or vendors for negotiations on Oct. 13. Anticipated negotiation dates are Oct. 17-31, followed by a decision Nov. 3.

Citizens Property, a state insurer, now leases 211,288 square feet among four buildings in the Baymeadows area and wants to consolidate into a single building or among several buildings at a single site. The offices comprise underwriting and claims operations.

Citizens Property intends to consolidate its Jacksonville operations, which have 800 employees, and move another 148 IT jobs into one large office. The bid documents say it is interested in bids for 215,080 to 237,720 square feet of space.

The company wants to start moving staff into the space July 1 and start the lease Jan. 1, 2016.

Cushman & Wakefield of Florida Inc. represents Citizens in seeking the lease opportunity.

Citizens Property was created by the Legislature in 2002 as a not-for-profit tax-exempt government entity to provide insurance protection to Florida policyholders unable to find property insurance coverage in the private market.

 

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