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Validus Senior Living's new Inspired Living at Windermere resembles the design for the Jacksonville facility.
Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Nov. 1, 201612:00 PM EST

Skinner family selling land for senior housing and personal storage facilities on Southside


Skinner family members are preparing to sell more land in Southside, this time for senior housing and a personal storage facility.

“We felt like it was appropriate to have this type of facility among all the other residential activity,” A.C. “Chip” Skinner III said of the senior living housing, which is the larger project.

Kronos Capital Inc. of St. Petersburg wants to develop the project on 24.12 acres along Burnt Mill Road in Southside. It will be managed by Validus Senior Living of Tampa.

Validus CEO Steve Benjamin said last week he wants to break ground in February on the community, to be called Inspired Living of Jacksonville.

Benjamin said there will be 150 units of licensed assisted living with a separate area for residents with memory care related challenges.

Inspired Living will be “amenity heavy,” he said.

It will include wellness and fitness areas, full spa services, anytime dining in a restaurant-style environment, a dog park, transportation services and health care related services facilitated by licensed nurses seven days a week.

A rezoning application, 2016-704, shows Kronos Capital wants to buy the property, which is near the Deutsche Bank complex at Meridian Business Park and the James Island residential community.

The rezoning would change the district from Residential Rural-Acre to Planned Unit Development.

Plans show a three-story assisted living facility and another long wing to be developed in phases. Horizontal improvements would start in 2016-17 and construction will begin after that.

In previous deals, Kronos Capital has purchased property for development, after which Validus Senior Living operates the project.

The site says Inspired Living at Jacksonville will open in fall 2017.

Validus lists eight Inspired Living communities operating in the state, with another opening soon and one in New Orleans to open in the spring.

Along with Jacksonville, development projects include two in Texas and one in Georgia to open next year.

Validus Senior Living says its communities provide seniors with services at all levels, including independent living, assisted living and specialized memory care for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory impairments.

The rezoning goes to the Jacksonville Planning Commission on Nov. 17, first hearing at City Council on Nov. 22 and the council Land Use and Zoning Committee on Dec. 6.

The PUD zoning district is sought to provide for senior living. The facilities are within three miles of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, the application notes.

The application also says the site is an “ideal transitional PUD” moving from the intense office and business park developments to the north and west of the site and the multifamily and single-family residential developments to the east and south.

Kronos Capital Inc. is listed as the developer and owner. Edwards Engineering is the planner and engineer and WBRC Architects Engineer is the architect.

Last year, when Validus broke ground on its $30 million Ocoee project, reported it was the first of 33 assisted-living facilities the company wanted to develop to cater to former NFL players, as well as the general public, in partnership with the NFL Alumni Association.

The news site said investment firm Piper Jaffrey committed funds to build the facilities with Validus in or near NFL markets, including Jacksonville.

However, in light of litigation over a consulting fee, there’s no indication the Jacksonville facility remains part of those plans.

Alumni association President and CEO Joe Pisarcik said last week that it and Validus are not affiliated.

Meanwhile, the nine Skinner Family members also want to rezone 2.83 acres along Deerwood Park Boulevard for use as an upscale heated and cooled fully enclosed storage facility with internal access to units.

The property is north along Deerwood Park Boulevard, between Gate and Centurion parkways, near the Residence Inn by Marriott.

The ordinance, 2016-673, would rezone the property from Commercial Office to Community/General-1. It is on the Thursday agenda for the Jacksonville Planning Commission.

Council’s first hearing is Nov. 9, and it goes to the Land Use and Zoning Committee on Nov. 15.

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