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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Mar. 18, 201512:00 PM EST

Montgomery buys land for senior living center

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Developer Mitch Montgomery paid $2 million last week for almost 17 acres off Gate Parkway West and Butler Boulevard for property he has envisioned for development of a Jacksonville senior-care and living community.

“I think it’s the best site in Jacksonville,” Montgomery said Monday.

The property is near St. Vincent’s Medical Center South.

Montgomery Land Co., through Banyanwood Senior Living JAX LLLP, bought the land Thursday from the William R. Cesery Revocable Trust.

Gate Parkway Holdings LLC issued a $2.2 million mortgage Thursday to Banyanwood Senior Living Jax LLC.

Montgomery signed the agreement as manager of Banyanwood Senior Living LLC. That LLC is the general partner of Banyanwood Senior Living Jax LLLP.

Regulatory files about the property have referred to it as Silver Creek Jacksonville, but Montgomery said it will be branded Banyonwood Senior Living.

In September, the city was reviewing site plans for the Silver Creek Jacksonville independent-living, assisted-living and memory-care center.

The project was shown as 235 units and 303 beds. Montgomery said the planned scope is close to that and he will have more details in a few weeks.

Plans showed the facility would comprise a four-story, 129-unit independent-living center; a four-story, 81-unit assisted-living facility; and a 25-unit, one-story memory-care center.

It is one of at least 20 assisted-living, adult-care or memory-care projects under way or planned in Duval County, regulatory records show.

Meanwhile, Montgomery Land Co. is developing Silver Creek St. Augustine on 21 acres near Flagler Hospital.

Montgomery said the building should be completed by the end of December.

The project comprises 72 assisted living units and 48 memory-care units within a single custom-designed building.

Montgomery Land has a Senior Living Development division for the assisted living, memory care and the skilled nursing industry.

Vistakon plans Phase 7 expansion

Jacksonville-based Vistakon Vision Care is expanding again.

The Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. maker of disposable contact lenses filed site plans with the city for its “Phase 7 Expansion Project.”

The almost 35,000-square-foot addition is at the existing main building.

No other details about the nature of expansion were provided on the plans.

Vistakon is one of the city’s largest employers and medical manufacturing companies.

It occupies more than 836,000 square feet of space at its almost 69-acre campus at 7500 Centurion Parkway and employs almost 2,000 people.

The proposed expansion boosts that to almost 871,000 square feet of space.

A year ago, Vistakon was working on Phase 6, a smaller project in size at 23,000 square feet.

Vistakon told the city and state it would create up to 100 jobs there to help make the latest generation of its Acuvue disposable contact lenses.

City Council approved a $6.9 million Recapture Enhanced Value grant for the $218 million project. The state assistance comprised a $1.5 million Quick Action Closing Fund contribution and $225,000 in workforce training.

Vistakon also is relocating its solvent tank farm on its campus.

The company has been expanding in Deerwood Park since its first building was developed there in 1993.

It has developed a manufacturing plant, distribution center and research and development facility.

St. John Paul II permit in review

The Diocese of St. Augustine is preparing to build the St. John Paul II mission church planned on nearly 26 acres in Nocatee.

The city is reviewing a permit application for the Diocese to develop the parish hall at a construction cost of $3.38 million.

The project comprises an 11,975-square-foot building with another 4,885 square feet of unenclosed space.

Spokeswoman Kathleen Bagg has said St. John Paul II would begin as a mission church of Our Lady Star of the Sea parish.

It will be established as a parish when there are enough parishioners to financially support the church.

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