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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, May 9, 201804:53 AM EST

San Marco lands an ‘old-time’ butcher

Cline’s Custom Meats coming to former La Nopalera space on Hendricks Avenue.

Cline’s Custom Meats will lease space in San Marco at 1625 Hendricks Ave., where La Nopalera operated before moving a few blocks north.

“Our look will be that old-time butcher-shop look with the meat cases displayed as soon as the customer walks in,” Cline’s Custom Meats said by email.

The interior of the building was demolished to shell space. Salah Building LLC owns the almost 5,300-square-foot structure, which was built in 1966.

Cline’s Custom Meats said by email that it hopes to open by the end of June in 800 square feet of space.

The Olive Tree Mediterranean Grille operates at the opposite side of the retail strip center.

The city approved a “Butcher Shop” sign and is reviewing a permit for renovations to space for Cline’s Custom Meats. 

“San Marco is seeing a lot of renovations in the area and is growing with new businesses. The community is very supportive of the businesses in this area. This location has high volume of traffic from residents that live and work in the area,” said Milouda Cline.

Cline’s Custom Meats LLC is led by managers Milouda and Joseph Cline.

 “We will be opening a butcher shop that will offer prime cuts of beef, also including lamb, poultry and veal. As well as other special offerings,” Cline said by email.

Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. It will be closed Sundays.

Also, the center has parking, “which will be convenient for our customers to easily access the shop.”

The Clines said they have more than a decade of experience in the meat business and more than 20 years in the hospitality industry. 

The historic San Marco area and surrounding neighborhoods are adding new retail shops and hundreds of apartments that are under development.

Cline’s also will be near East San Marco, the vacant retail site at Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard where Regency Centers Corp. proposes a shopping center to be anchored by Publix Super Markets Inc.

 Leasing agent Geneva Henderson, executive vice president with Lat Purser & Associates Inc., said in July the property owners are renovating the façade of the Hendricks Avenue building and demolishing the interior of the 30-year-old restaurant space to fashion it into smaller stores.

The property is listed on the Lat Purser website as a multitenant building.

Henderson said 3,000- square-feet remains for lease and she is working with tenants that could take all or divided parts of it.She is working with a spa, hair salon and nail salon, for example.

Henderson said there are 25 parking spaces.

Another amenity: “We did not flood,” Henderson said. “We were high and dry through the storm of the century.”

eTown creating welcome center

The eTown community planned by The PARC Group wants to create a welcome center on 1.72 acres at E-Town and R.G. Skinner parkways east of Florida 9B.

The almost 4,800-square-foot center will include an event lawn, according to plans filed with the Mobility Fee Calculation Certificate application.

The fee is calculated at $19,243 to offset the project’s traffic impact.

Eastland Timber LLC is the owner and developer and England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer.

The eTown community in South Jacksonville is scheduled to open in 2019, although few details have been released.

“Good-e” boxes distributed by PARC in April included an information card inviting people to visit and follow the development on social media at and on Twitter and Instagram @etownjax.

Marketed as A PARC Community, eTown was created by The PARC Group, which is the developer of Nocatee.

The website states that eTown “offers a quality of life enhanced by thoughtful design focused on convenience, technology, and sustainability.”

PARC has said the plans will include single-family and multifamily communities.

A St. Johns River Water Management District permit filing shows that the 1,478-acre mixed-use project will include commercial acreage with much of the developable property dedicated to residential use. The Davis family owns the land, which The PARC Group develops.

Regulatory agencies are reviewing plans for eTown projects and two homebuilders bought land. Apartments also are planned.

PARC Group founder and Chairman Roger O’Steen said previously a master community plan is under development to include parks, amenities, electric-cart paths, walking trails, neighborhood shops, restaurants and job centers.

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