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The Mathis Report: Buc-ee’s submits more plans for 104-pump station; Fire station for Cecil

Retail, development and food notes
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Jul. 5, 2018

Buc-ee’s, the Texas-based convenience store chain, submitted site engineering plans to the St. Johns River Water Management District on June 22  and to St. Johns County on June 26 to develop its 13.71-acre site at 655 World Commerce Parkway at southwest Interstate 95 and the International Golf Parkway interchange.

England-Thims & Miller Inc., the consulting engineer, prepared plans for a 53,254-square-foot, single-story building with 104 fueling stations and 392 parking spaces.

In May, Buc-ee’s revised its plans with St. Johns County, reducing the number of fuel pumps from 120 to 104 and parking from 417 to 392 spaces.

The company also shifted the front entrance to face World Commerce Center Parkway and relocated the fuel canopies to the sides of the building.

Once the county's site engineering review is approved, Buc-ee’s can can apply for a building permit.

Cecil on tap for fire station, backup call center

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing a permit application from the city for construction of Fire Station No. 73 and a 911 emergency call center at 5845 and 5847 Aviation Ave. in West Jacksonville

The 2.53-acre site is at northeast Aviation Avenue and Airman Drive near Cecil Airport.

Goodson, Nevin & Associates is the consulting engineer. Plans also list Auld & White Constructors LLC and Ebert Norman Brady Architects.

Plans show a proposed 11,000-square-foot, four-bay fire station at 5845 Aviation Ave. and a proposed 13,333-square-foot backup 911 call center at 5847 Aviation Ave.

There also is a small storage building.

City Council enacted an ordinance last year appropriating almost $3.8 million to the project from a Jacksonville Aviation Authority and Florida Department of Transportation grant and a transfer of $2.15 million of the city funding appropriated in the Capital Improvement Plan for the fire station.

The request authorizes an interlocal agreement between the city and JAA that provides for the city to build the new station on property owned by JAA and for operating and lease agreements for Fire Stations No. 73 and 56.

A city legislative fact sheet says Fire Station No. 73 was included in the CIP as a relocation of Fire Station No. 56 but because of economic development announced in the area, the Federal Aviation Administration requires First Station No. 56 to remain at its location on the runway inside Cecil Field.

The 2017-21 Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan will be amended to increase funding for the Fire Station No. 73 project and the No. 56 renovation.

The city said the 911 center is separately funded through the Capital Improvement Program through Safer Neighborhoods.