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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jan. 6, 202209:29 AM EST

ShayCore renovating College Park facade at $4.5 million

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The city issued a permit Jan. 5 for the contractor to upgrade the exterior of the former Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington.

The city approved a permit Jan. 5 for commercial contractor ShayCore LLC to renovate the facade of the former Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington at a cost of $4.5 million.

JWB Real Estate Capital is redeveloping the 69-year-old retail plaza at northeast University Boulevard and Arlington Expressway into College Park.

The 18.27-acre property is at 903 University Blvd. N.

JWB President Alex Sifakis told Arlington business owners in July that the group intended to provide food options at the shopping center in response to neighborhood requests.

That includes a grocery store that has not been identified. While Sifakis would not identify the company, it would lease space previously occupied by Winn-Dixie.

For food options, Sifakis also talked about the shipping container food court and entertainment complex that will be built on-site, next to new apartments. JWB also wants to bring restaurants to the inline center.

The site plan for College Park, the former Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington.

JWB is redeveloping the center at an estimated $25 million.

Through 903 University Blvd LLC, JWB paid almost $5.1 million for the property in August 2019.

Sifakis said in July the 188,880-square-foot center is 45% occupied, not counting the grocery center space leased for storage. When the grocery store moves in, occupancy rises to 72%.

Colliers International Senior Director Matthew Clark and associates Sam Middlekauff and Olivia Steinemann are the leasing agents.

A Colliers marketing brochure says the grocery store will open in the second quarter 2022.

It also says the facade redesign, parking lot and landscape improvements, ADA compliance and upgraded LED lighting systems will be completed in early 2022.

Site work has begun. Jacksonville artists created an eight-panel mural in early 2020 on the side of the building facing the expressway.

The city approved a permit in June 2021 for Reliant Roofing Inc. to re-roof the center at a cost of $1 million.

A rendering of the College Park facade.

In addition to the renovated retail center and the containers, JWB Real Estate Capital will develop 82 market-rate apartments among two three-story buildings in the parking lot corner at the expressway and University Boulevard.

Sifakis said in July he expected the facade, parking lot and signage work would take eight to 12 months, followed by another six to 12 months for the apartments and food court.

The largest current tenants include Dollar General, Advance Auto Parts, DaVita and Legacy Ministries. McDonald’s and a service station on the site are separately owned.

JWB Real Estate Capital has been working with the city to redevelop the center.

JWB Real Estate Capital is redeveloping the 69-year-old Town & Country Shopping Center at northeast University Boulevard and Arlington Expressway.

The property is part of the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Area, which the city hopes to assist with rejuvenation.

In June 2021, the Renew Arlington Community Redevelopment Agency board approved an almost $1.31 million code compliance grant as well as a $2 million infrastructure development grant payable up to $400,000 annually over five years.

Sifakis previously estimated it will cost about $1.4 million to bring College Park’s landscaping, buffers and fencing into compliance.

In June 2021, the Jacksonville City Council voted 18-0 to rezone the property to Planned Unit Development.

Sifakis said previously that the College Park name seemed to fit with Jacksonville University, which is less than 2 miles north. 

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