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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Dec. 21, 201612:00 PM EST

Mercedes-Benz planning $1.4M upgrade, adding 54 high-paying jobs


Mercedes-Benz USA is preparing for an almost $1.4 million renovation at its North Jacksonville center for the relocation of an engineering services division from New Jersey.

The relocation will mean another 54 jobs for newly hired and relocated employees.

Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG, is adding the division to its Quality Evaluation Center at Jacksonville International Tradeport.

Known as Project Grace through its incentives evaluation, the project was approved for almost $450,000 in city and state assistance. The resolution was adopted June 28.

The jobs will be added by year-end 2018 and pay an average of almost $66,100 a year, plus benefits.

A legislative summary describes the relocation as an expansion to an existing service of 30 jobs, boosting the division to 84 positions.

As part of the incentives package, the company said it would invest $2.1 million in information technology, equipment and other improvements.

The city is reviewing a permit application by Mercedes-Benz USA to renovate 30,000 square feet in its building at 13470 International Parkway at a cost of $1.36 million.

Plans show offices, training areas, a breakroom and more functions in the space.

Dolphin Pointe OK’d for construction

Dolphin Pointe Landing, the skilled nursing facility planned on 14 acres north of Jacksonville University, was issued a building permit Monday for the $18 million construction project.

The two-building project comprises a 94,139-square-foot skilled nursing facility and a 7,535-square-foot support building for kitchen, maintenance and housekeeping.

DMK Development Group LLC is the contractor for the project. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place Thursday.

The 120-bed facility is designed to provide experience for JU students at the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences while providing a service to Arlington and Jacksonville residents as a whole.

The project is a partnership between JU and a group led by university graduate Greg Nelson, which owns the property the center will be built on and will manage day-to-day operations.

Dolphin Pointe is under development at 3412 University Blvd. N., just north of the JU campus at 2800 University Blvd. N.

Brooks Rehab OK’d for extended-stay housing

Brooks Rehabilitation was approved for construction of extended-stay housing for patients and their families who are visiting the Southside health care center.

The city issued a permit Tuesday for Fickling Construction Inc. to build the two-story, 40-suite center at a cost of almost $5.5 million.

The nearly 27,500-square-foot project will be developed at 6207 Beach Blvd., across from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital at 3599 University Blvd. S.

The first floor features 16 suites, a large kitchen and dining center, two sitting areas, a den, a business center and a laundry facility.

The second floor includes 24 suites, two sitting areas, a laundry area and a workout center.

Brooks Rehabilitation said in March construction should take about seven months.

The health care center said the housing would be available for a maximum 30-day stay. The lodging fee will be on a sliding scale based on a family’s ability to pay.

Brooks Rehabilitation has said 22 percent of its patients come from outside the Jacksonville area and the majority of those have suffered from a traumatic injury or illness.

Baptist South garage to add about 1,000 spaces

As Baptist Medical Center South expands its campus, it also is adding a parking garage that will increase spaces by almost 1,000 on that site.

The city approved construction of the garage Friday at a project cost of almost $14.5 million. Finfrock Construction Inc. is the contractor, while Kimley-Horn is the project engineer.

The permit application shows the more than 85,000-square-foot garage will go up at 14550 Old St. Augustine Road on the Baptist South campus. It has ground-floor parking plus a four-story garage.

Plans show existing parking on the site at 283 spaces.

The garage will contain 1,256 spaces, while the parking lot will offer 24 spots, netting an increase of 997 spaces.

In September, Baptist Medical Center South broke ground on an eight-story patient tower, the fourth to be built on the 32-acre campus.

That 152,000-square-foot tower will house 132 patient beds, which increases the number of beds there to 407.

Baptist South said in September the tower is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

The hospital said it would complete the first four floors to start, which provides more surgical space, labor and delivery rooms and medical-surgery rooms.

The remaining floors will be completed as needed, the hospital said.

Baptist South also has plans to build a third five-story medical office building for primary care and specialty physicians’ offices as well as the parking garage.

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