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Jax Daily Record Friday, Oct. 8, 202105:00 AM EST

Southgate Plaza Shopping Center could become apartment community

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Chance Partners is applying to rezone the property to allow for multifamily development.
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer

Jacksonville-based Chance Partners applied to rezone the Southgate Plaza shopping center at 3428 Beach Blvd. to allow for multifamily development.

The site is in the St. Nicholas area and not far from San Marco and the Downtown Southbank.

A Chance Partners spokesperson said the developer is in rezoning and expects to break ground in June 2022 on the 18-month project.

A site plan shows three four-story buildings with a pool and courtyard in the center of one.

The shopping center is 3428 Beach Blvd. near San Marco. (Google)

The number of units is not shown, but Chance is applying to rezone the property from CCG-1 to PUD, which would allow up to 40 units per acre. 

The property is 9.48 acres, which would be a maximum of about 380 units.

The first hearing for the rezoning will be Oct. 21 at the Jacksonville Planning Commission meeting.

St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store leases space in Southgate Plaza. The PUD application describes the shopping center “as largely vacant for the past 10 years.”

Its last major tenant, a Save A Lot grocery store, closed in December 2019.

Jacksonville-based Demetree Brothers Inc. owns the property.

It last sold in 1986 for $2.6 million. The 140,000-square-foot shopping center was built in 1957, according to property records.

Chance Partners developed several nearby multifamily communities including The Exchange, Barlow and San Marco Promenade along Philips Highway. 

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