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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Aug. 31, 202105:00 AM EST

Kayak launch OK’d for The Markets at Town Center

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Retailers, like REI, can show customers their products on the pond at the site.

The city issued a permit for The Markets at Town Center to add a kayak launch at the pond behind REI – Recreational Equipment Inc.

The project costs total $356,562, permits show.

FB Andrews Contracting LLC of Jacksonville is the contractor for the $172,000 project to build the dock at 4871 Town Center Parkway. 

The city also issued a permit July 26 for FB Andrews to handle the horizontal development at a project cost of $184,562.

A kayak launch will be added to this lake at The Markets af Town Center. (Google)

Hines Global REIT 4875 Town Center LLC is the property owner. Halff Associates Inc. is the civil engineer.

The project includes an aluminum gangway and floating dock.

In August 2020, Hines, owner of The Markets at Town Center, said it wanted to build an outdoor amenity center and a kayak launch for REI and other tenants that could use the features for products, training, classes and meetings.

Halff Associates said in a letter to the St. Johns River Water Management District that the project includes a covered outdoor seating area, wooden deck, concrete sidewalk and steps, and a floating dock for launching kayaks at the pond.

 Helen Ciesla, Hines general property manager, said in August 2020 that Hines is building the dock, kayak launch and outdoor seating, which can be a teaching area, for use by all tenants at The Markets at Town Center.

That includes REI and West Marine for outdoor gear and other tenants, such as Nordstrom Rack, for staff meetings and training. 

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