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Window interiors are covered as the former Pho restaurant Downtown along Adams Street is renovated for Kazu Sushi Burrito.
Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Feb. 7, 201712:00 PM EST

Hines submits plans for 306-unit apartment complex in Gate Parkway project


Called “Southside” on building plans, the Hines development group has submitted permit applications for its proposed 306-unit apartment community on almost 11 acres within its larger Gate Parkway development.

The name could be changed as the development is branded, which Hines has said it intends to do. The company declined comment Monday about the apartments or the project.

The apartment parcel is in the center of the project, between an internal roadway and Interstate 295.

The apartments are the first construction at the site, west of I-295 and south of Butler Boulevard.

The $44.2 million construction job features six four-story, 51-unit apartment buildings at 7385 Park Village Drive.

It also includes three garage buildings, a garage with a car wash and maintenance building, a dog spa and a clubhouse.

Permits indicate 150 one-bedroom units, 132 two-bedroom units and 24 three-bedroom units.

Clubhouse interior amenities include a fitness center, sports lounge, leasing office and storage. There’s also a deck for a pool, which appears to be slated for separate permitting.

No contractor is specified. The Preston Partnership LLC of Atlanta is the architect.

In October, Hines paid $20 million for property it intends to develop for residences, retail stores, a hotel, offices, services, parks and green space.

The Duval County Property Appraiser’s Office calculated the land sold at nearly 69 acres. It was reported previously that Hines contracted for a little more than 100 acres, of which about 75 acres can be developed, from members of the Skinner family.

The site along Gate Parkway stretches from the FBI Building to the Shoppes at Village Walk.

Baptist to rebrand duPont Center I and II

Baptist Health wants to rename its 1650 ad 1660 Prudential Drive office buildings as Baptist Health Southbank Plaza.

The health care system wants to change the name of what are now called duPont Center I and II to be more descriptive, according to a statement from Cindy Hamilton, director of public relations.

A new name would avoid confusion with the Jessie Ball duPont Center, on the Northbank, the redeveloped Haydon Burns Public Library that houses nonprofits and event space.

A Baptist Health executive said previously the 2015 acquisition was a strategic investment because of the buildings’ proximity to the system’s campus at 800 Prudential Drive.

The duPont buildings, totaling about 160,000 square of space, are on almost 9 acres. Baptist also bought 1.9 acres of vacant land at the site.

Baptist Health said upon the purchase the four-story buildings were 89 percent leased and it planned to occupy available space there over time.

Hamilton said pending the city’s approval of the permit, Baptist Health anticipated the signage would be in place by mid- to late April.

In an application to the Downtown Development Review Board, Baptist Health said there will be four signs total — one campus anchor sign visible from Prudential Drive, two tenant signs along Prudential and one at the back of the property.

There also will be signs suspended to the building with the address numbers and address numbers on the front glass entrance of each building.

The application indicates DDRB will review the application Feb. 16.

Kazu Sushi Burrito to take space Downtown

Kazu Sushi Burrito owner David Chen said he anticipates opening in March at 117 W. Adams St., the former Pho A Noodle Bar space Downtown.

It will be Chen’s second sushi burrito restaurant — the first is near Southpoint. He also operates the Kazu Japanese Restaurant along San Jose Boulevard near Crown Point Road.

Chen said the fast-casual concept would be attractive to Downtown workers for lunch.

He isn’t sure about dinner hours yet.

He’ll be open during the week, but doesn’t anticipate Saturday or Sunday service.

Food notes

• Chick-fil-A wants to renovate its Roosevelt Square restaurant’s kitchen and dining room. The $750,000 project will upgrade the 4,344-square-foot location at 4496 Roosevelt Blvd.

• Ruby Tuesday Inc. said Friday it has completed the remodeling of its six area restaurants. There are updated dining rooms, new furnishings and fixtures, local artwork and an expanded Endless Garden Bar that almost doubles the selection to more than 55 ingredients. The six locations comprise three in Jacksonville and one each in Orange Park, St. Augustine and Kingsland, Ga.

• Work is starting toward the River & Post Restaurant and Rooftop Bar in the Summit Tower at 1000 Riverside Ave. The city approved a permit for Summit Commercial Group LLC to replace the storefront system on the first floor for the current code system at a job cost of $62,435. The city is reviewing a $1 million construction project to build-out the first floor and the ninth-floor penthouse and rooftop for the venture.

Another Wawa permit application

Permits are in review for a Wawa gas station and convenience store at 8251 Old Middleburg Road at Argyle Forest Boulevard. The three permits, for a 6,119-square-foot convenience store, gas canopy and dumpster, total almost $1.1 million.

It’s the fourth Wawa that has reached construction permitting review.

The others are at The Crossing at Town Center, at Wilson Boulevard and Lane Avenue; and Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway in EastPark.

Wawa intends to open three stores this year and at least 10 next year, continuing with two to four more each year until it reaches up to 40 locations in Northeast Florida.

So far, 11 locations have been publicly identified in Duval and Clay counties.

Florida Blue adding ‘Guidewell’ sign

The city approved signage to add “A Guidewell Company” to the “Florida Blue” monument sign at 4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway in Deerwood Park.

Approved were temporary panels to be applied to the base while the existing sign is modified, as well as the modifications. They total $19,045.

Spokeswoman Toni Woods said the company is updating the Florida Blue sign at its main entrance to communicate the relationship between the parent company and the health insurance business.

DRA acquisition part of larger purchase

DRA Advisors LLC’s $49.1 million acquisition of Alta Lakes Commerce Center and a Flagler Center warehouse from Cabot Properties appears to be part of a much larger portfolio purchase.

A Real Estate Alert weekly update in October reported DRA Advisors agreed to buy a 20 million-square-foot portfolio from Cabot Properties for about $1 billion.

DRA Advisors is based in New York and Cabot Properties is in Boston. The warehouses are across 21 markets with the biggest concentration in and around Dallas and Columbus, Ohio, said Real Estate Alert.

It said 87 percent of the space is in 10 markets, including 932,000 square feet in Jacksonville.

Real Estate Alert said the average occupancy rate is 94 percent and the average age of the properties is 25 years. Cabot bought most of the warehouses from 2005-2008.

The Jacksonville DRA Advisors’ sales took place Jan. 13. Property records show it bought more than 920,000 square feet of developed warehouse-distribution space on 57 acres along with 15.6 acres of undeveloped land.

At Alta Lakes in North Jacksonville, it bought four completed buildings, all developed in 2008, on 34.6 acres plus the undeveloped acreage set aside for the second phase of the center.

At Flagler Center in South Jacksonville, it bought a distribution center built in 1997 on almost 22.4 acres. Cabot bought it in 2007 from General Motors Corp.

DRA Advisors and Cabot Properties representatives have not responded to requests for comment.

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