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Owners of Turner Plumbing and the Hollingsworth showroom want to redevelop the site next to it, now occupied by an 89-year-old house it owns.
Jax Daily Record Friday, Aug. 16, 201312:00 PM EST

Jacksonville-based Turner Plumbing to redevelop San Marco building

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LCTurner LLC, which operates Turner Plumbing Co. and its Hollingsworth showroom at 1903 Hendricks Ave. in the San Marco area, wants to redevelop the site next door.

Turner owns the property at 1917 Hendricks Ave., a 1,389-square-foot house built in 1924. It's used for storage.

Turner proposes to demolish the building and replace it with a two-story, 4,480-square-foot commercial building. The architect is Khoury & Vogt Architects and the engineer is Almond Engineering.

Carla Turner, the managing member of LCTurner, said the company would use the back of the first floor for offices. Worth Turner is the manager of LCTurner and president of Turner Plumbing.

The top floor would be available for lease to office tenants and two front units on the bottom floor would be available for retail use.

"We have a lot of interest," Carla Turner said. "There is limited space in San Marco," she said.

Turner said construction could start within three months and be completed after the first of the year.

Turner Plumbing was founded in 1942 by Louise and Charles Hollingsworth Turner, she said. Turner Plumbing spun off its showroom two years ago under the "Hollingsworth" name.

Its 1903 Hendricks Ave. property is 3,480 square feet and was built in 1952.

The sites are near the Atlantic Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue intersection where Chase bank intends to open one of its new Jacksonville branch offices.

Akerman expanding

With the Akerman law firm's latest expansion of 3,891 square feet in the 42-story Bank of America Tower Downtown, it will have grown to 28,371 square feet in the 50 N. Laura St. building.

Office managing shareholder John Macdonald said the firm was taking additional space on the 29th floor.

"We presently have all of the 31st floor, and all of the available space on the 30th floor not occupied by

PwC," Macdonald said, referring to the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm.

"If we are to expand the Akerman Jacksonville office, which is the continuing plan, we needed to capture some contiguous space," Macdonald said.

He said the firm has been at full capacity and relegating visiting attorneys to conference rooms.

"This is an expansion to accommodate our continuing organic growth," he said.

He said that when the addition is completed, Akerman will have:

• 4,786 square feet on the 29th floor.

• 5,605 square feet on the 30th floor.

• 17,980 square feet on the 31st floor.

Corporate One building out in Flagler

The City approved a permit for Corporate One Federal Credit Union to renovate 10,500 square feet of space at 12724 Gran Bay Parkway W. in Flagler Center in South Jacksonville.

C. Harrison Construction is the contractor for the $429,046 project. Connie Turner Interiors Inc. is the designer.

Plans show Corporate One Federal Credit Union will occupy suites 100 and 120. Floor plans show senior management offices and open office space; conference rooms; file, computer server and break rooms; and other space. The occupant load is 108 people.

Episcopal buys office at entrance

The Episcopal School of Jacksonville Inc. bought the Oak Lane building at the entrance to the campus for eventual use.

"The property is a natural extension of the campus and our very visible front entrance to the school," said Meg Sacks, Episcopal director of marketing.

She said the tenants would stay for now.

"The property will eventually be incorporated into Episcopal's master plan for the campus, but what that will look like exactly has not yet been determined," Sacks said.

Episcopal paid $350,000 for the 9,000-square-foot building that encompasses about three-quarters of an acre at 4521 Atlantic Blvd. Property records show it was built in 1972 and carries a 2012 taxable value of $220,000.

Episcopal bought the property from the Oak Lane Building Partnership in a sale that closed July 29.

Episcopal is at 4455 Atlantic Blvd. Property records show a 39-acre campus.

The Volstead build-out in review

The City is reviewing plans for The Volstead whiskey bar Downtown at 115 W. Adams St.

The Kirouac Group is shown as the contractor for the 2,249-square-foot bar. One decorative feature is a 7-foot-tall barn door wrapped in copper flashing.

The Volstead's Facebook page indicates a September opening.

"Are you a whiskey connoisseur, or maybe just a novice with specific tastes? We want to know exactly what you want! Is there a specific scotch, whiskey, or bourbon that you just have to have or perhaps have trouble finding. Tell us! We will do our best to have it in stock this September," it said in a post Wednesday.

The Facebook page describes The Volstead:

"The Volstead is downtown Jacksonville's premier prohibition-style whiskey lounge. It is the passionate idea of a small group of friends determined to bring class, style, and premium drinks to the rebirth of Jacksonville's downtown. The Volstead is predicated on the essence of a classic American era dedicated to the secretive but timeless art of drink making. Come experience what everyone is talking about but no one has seen in just a few short weeks."

The building permit application lists Samuel Linn as the owner's representative.

The Facebook page says Linn is "originally from Delaware by way of Sydney Australia and Fort Lauderdale" and he moved to Jacksonville in 2010 "after falling in love with a girl and then the city."

"Here he met Matthew Williams from Fernandina Beach and Devon Nolan from the New York, New Jersey, tri-state area. The three met in the kitchen of a downtown restaurant and the strongest of bonds were formed," leading to The Volstead.

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