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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Mar. 9, 201612:00 PM EST

'Project Star' to bring 100 new jobs; company seeking $353,000 in taxpayer incentives

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by: David Chapman and Karen Brune Mathis

Legislation was filed Tuesday for the unidentified “Project Star,” whose details match a Scotland-based company, City Refrigeration, which wants to open in Southside.

The unidentified international company proposes to open a North America corporate headquarters in Jacksonville with plans to create about 100 jobs by the end of 2017.

Of that, 51 jobs would be covered by economic incentives provided by the city and state.

The incentivized jobs would pay an average $67,000 and be created by Dec. 31, 2017.

In all, the company requests $353,000 in city and state incentives.

Of that, $122,400 would come from the state through its share of a Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund grant for the 51 jobs.

The city would provide $30,600 as its share of the grant along with $200,000 for a Recaptured Enhanced Value grant. That would be paid over 10 years for purchases of tangible personal property.

In addition to the jobs, the company is expected to invest a minimum of $5.7 million in information technology, equipment, furniture and real estate improvements. No location was identified.

Resolution 2016-197, which was introduced to City Council last night, said Jacksonville is in competition with another large city for the headquarters.

The company, according to project details, has more than 25 years of experience in retail, residential and commercial markets and has a global presence with offices on three continents. It has 5,000 employees worldwide.

Those details match City Refrigeration, which is considering an office operation in Cypress Point Business Park.

The JAX Chamber would not comment on whether Project Star is City Refrigeration.

According to its website, City Refrigeration Holdings Ltd. is part of the City Group, based in Glasgow.

City Group, a facilities management company, was established in 1985 and provides maintenance and engineering, technical procurement and support, and cleaning and ancillary services.

It says it has more than 25 years of experience in retail, residential and commercial markets through offices in Europe, Australia, Africa and North America.

The city has finalized a building-permit application for City Refrigeration at 8211 Cypress Plaza Drive.

Plans show a 17,100-square-foot tenant space for the company at the Southside business park in the Butler Boulevard area.

Those plans show offices, open office space, conference and meeting rooms and a breakroom.

Holtsinger Construction is the contractor for the $137,536 project, which encompasses 4,100 square feet. RAM Architecture Inc. is the architect.

The space formerly was used by EverBank, which relocated Downtown.

City Refrigeration Holdings (UK) Ltd. is based in Glasgow.

It specializes in the installation and maintenance of cooling equipment and air-conditioning systems, including walk-in chillers and freezers, bottle coolers, ice machines, and commercial refrigerators and freezers.

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