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Jax Daily Record Friday, Apr. 30, 202111:20 AM EST

City issues $26 million in permits for Aventon Sorraia apartments

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The 324-unit community is near Jacksonville International Airport is part of the developer’s $460 million Florida investment plan.
by: Mike Mendenhall Staff Writer

The city issued building permits April 29 for the $26.4 million construction of the Aventon Sorraia, a $52 million apartment community planned near Jacksonville International Airport.

Raleigh, North Carolina-based Aventon Companies is the developer and Aventon Construction South LLC is the contractor.

The 24 permits are for 437,519 square feet of apartment, clubhouse, garage, pavilion, mail kiosk and trash compactor buildings.

The 324-unit development previously was called Aventon Jacksonville North Apartments. 

The company paid $4.25 million for the property at 13163 Ranch Road on April 15, according to the deed recorded April 20 with the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

The developer also closed on the project financing April 20, according to an email from Aventon-contracted public relations firm Maier & Warner.

The property is at 13163 Ranch Road. The River City Marketplace shopping center is about a mile to the east.

Aventon bought the land through Jax North Apartment Owner LLC from Blue Sky JAXAP LLC, according to the deed.

In a news release April 20, the company described the development as 12 three-story, “modern farmhouse-style buildings” with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Aventon representatives said the residential complex will fill an “underserved need for upscale apartment living”  near Interstate 95, Max Leggett Parkway and JIA. 

The River City Marketplace shopping center is about a mile to the east.

The development will have more than 8,000 square feet of indoor amenity space, including a fitness center and yoga studio; remote work offices and associated remote communication spaces; automated package delivery; a coffee bar; a pet spa; and a social lounge.

The Jacksonville City Council voted 19-0 on April 13 to approve a $250,000 grant to pay for drainage, sod, ditches and road base improvements to Ranch Road to support the development.

Maitland-based Scott + Cormia Architects designed the buildings and Design Environments Inc. of Marietta, Georgia, will complete the interior finishes, the release states.

Plans show nine 24-unit and three 36-unit structures.  

There also are six six-car garages, a clubhouse and leasing office, a grill pavilion, a dog park pavilion, other structures and hardscape work expected.

The $52 million Aventon Sorraia is part of the company’s strategy for a $460 million multifamily rental communities investment in Florida, the news release stated.

In late February, the developer announced it began construction on Aventon Gem Lake, which is a 247-unit, waterfront apartment community in the Maitland-Winter Park submarket of Orlando.

According to the release, the company anticipates the 296-apartment Aventon Alaira east of Disney World in Orlando will be completed by the summer.

Aventon also plans to start development on four Florida properties in the Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville markets this year.

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