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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Apr. 26, 201805:50 AM EST

Planning Commission OKs senior housing in Baymeadows

Former Crossroots City Church site could be rezoned to allow assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

Senior housing is planned for Baymeadows.

The Jacksonville Planning Commission approved the initial step last week to rezone 4.6 acres at 4900 Baymeadows Road for Craven Road Senior Housing. 

The site is the former Baymeadows Community Church Inc., also known as Crossroots City Church. 

Property owner Dog River LLC, through Ordinance 2018-129, wants to rezone the property from Residential Low Density-70 to Planned Unit Development.

The owner bought the property in September and plans to develop up to 28,000 square feet of space for senior housing with assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and any other type of senior housing. 

The applicant also retains the right to build single-family residential for independent living through a minor modification to the proposed site plan. 

Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., the planning and civil engineer, indicates a single two-story structure with a building setback of 40 feet from the Brierwood subdivision to the east. A retention pond separates the building from Brierwood along the south property line. 

Townhomes approved

The commission also approved rezoning for up to 80 townhomes on 7.45 acres at 5220 Atlantic Blvd. between Jork Road and Brookside Circle West.

The owner, Lionheart Venture Group LLC, through Ordinance 2018-188, proposes changing the previously approved 2006 Planned Unit Development to a less dense PUD. 

The property is currently approved for 116 multifamily units in two- and three-story buildings. The project was not developed. 

The proposed plan reduces the number by 36 units, or 31 percent, and limits the townhomes to 35 feet in height similar to single-family zoning standards. 

The commission approved the application conditioned on the review of a professional traffic study.

The City Council Land Use and Zoning Committee is scheduled to hear rezoning legislation Tuesday.

The planning commission also approved zoning exceptions and a waiver of minimum distance requirements for liquor licenses:

• Rec Room LLC, at 1049 Park St. in Five Points, was approved for an exception for the retail sale of beer and wine on premises, not in conjunction with a restaurant.

The commission also approved reducing the required minimum distance between the bar and the Riverside Presbyterian Church and School at 849 Park St. from 1,500 feet to 455 feet.

The location previously operated as CASK, a wine bar approved for retail sale and service. The Rec Room is termed a “barcade” featuring a 10-seat bar with a large area for vintage arcade games in a 1,568-square-foot space.

• Crafty Crab, a Cajun-style seafood restaurant under construction at 6733 103rd St., was approved for a zoning exception to serve all alcoholic beverages to dine-in customers. The 5,073-square-foot restaurant will seat 160 guests.

Caliber Collision and Hyde Park multifamily

The Jacksonville Zoning Administrator on Friday considered two commercial projects for administrative deviations. The administrator has 21 days to render a decision.

• Property owner Boxtown Brite Lite LLC seeks multiple zoning deviations at 3633 St. Augustine Road for a future lease to Caliber Collision for a “non-drive” collision body repair facility for cars and trucks.

It will restore inoperable vehicles that remain at the facility for three to four weeks on average.

The property is just under an acre with a 32,181-square-foot building that takes up about 95 percent of the site. The building was constructed in 1958 and since expanded.

Multiple zoning deviations are sought at 3633 St. Augustine Road for a Caliber Collision repair facility.

Project agent Fred Atwill Jr. said the building has been vacant for a few years and requires extensive renovations. 

The applicant seeks relief from parking, landscape, driveway and setback requirements and proposes to provide 35 parking spaces with some inside the building. 

Storage for damaged vehicles will be provided in a fenced and landscaped area across St. Augustine Road at Division Street.

• Ability Holding LLC seeks to amend the zoning parking requirements for its proposed 80-unit Village at Hyde Park Apartments at 6549 Londontowne Lane. 

It seeks to reduce the required parking from 158 to 80 spaces. 

The intended residents are low income, many with special needs or homeless, so parking will not be in demand. The zoning administrator recommended the project provide a sidewalk to Lane Avenue South.

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