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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Oct. 23, 201805:20 AM EST

The Mathis Report: Memorial buys Philips Highway land for ER; Brightwork makes Gate Parkway plans

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Pattillo takes step on warehousel Bozard Ford converting Gander Mountain

Memorial Healthcare Group Inc. bought 2 acres along Philips Highway from Jacksonville-based Gate Petroleum Co. for development of a free-standing emergency room.

The site is northeast along Philips Highway south of Interstate 295.

Nashville-based Memorial paid $1.8 million for the land in the sale that closed Oct. 17. The deed allocates concurrency rights for up to 15,000 square feet for a free-standing ER. It can be expanded by 5,000 square feet if done within 10 years, the deed shows.

In Jacksonville, Memorial operates three free-standing emergency centers in East Arlington, Mandarin and Julington Creek. Memorial Hospital is based at University and Beach boulevards where it has expanded its emergency department.

“We continuously look for ways to serve the needs of our rapidly growing community,” said Ilyssa Drumm, associate vice president of public relations and communications.

“That includes purchases of land for anticipated future use as growth dictates,” she said.

Pattillo takes another step toward warehouse

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate took another step toward developing a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution warehouse in NorthPoint Industrial Park.

Pattillo submitted plans Oct. 16 to the St. Johns River Water Management District for the project, which is a 400,000-square-foot structure that can be expanded by 800,000 square feet.

The site is along Port Jacksonville Parkway at New Berlin Road. The project is called Building 11.

Pattillo Vice President Peter Anderson said previously the company was preparing for future construction because of active prospects in the market.

He said the speculative building is designed for a single user and the final size would depend on the business that will occupy it.

At 1.2 million square feet, the project could represent an investment of up to $48 million.

Several speculative warehouses are in design in Jacksonville at that size.

Brightwork plans retail, gas station along Gate

Tampa-based Brightwork Real Estate’s plans for the 14 acres it will develop along the west side of Gate Parkway comprise 225,119 square feet of storage, retail and gas-station space.

A conditional capacity availability statement shows 120,000 square feet for self-storage; 13,000 square feet of retail space; 86,000 square feet for a furniture store; and a 6,119-square-foot gas station and convenience store with 16 fueling positions.

Florida-based Baer’s Furniture Co. will build the furniture store and Wawa Inc. is the gas station.

The site is across Gate Parkway from Ikea.

Bozard Ford converting Gander Mountain

St. Johns County is reviewing development plans for Bozard Ford Co. to convert the former Gander Mountain store into a Bozard Lincoln dealership. 

Bozard Ford Co. bought the Gander Mountain property at 550 Outlet Mall Blvd. in St. Augustine for $5.6 million. It is next door to the current Bozard Ford Lincoln dealership at 540 Outlet Mall Blvd. 

A site plan shows the 73,200-square-foot Gander Mountain building will be remodeled for Bozard Lincoln sales and service. A Bozard Lincoln showroom and a service center also are shown on plans.

Matthews Design Group of St. Augustine is the agent.

Stellar to renovate hall at Jacksonville University

Jacksonville-based Stellar said it has begun a $9.3 million renovation of Botts Hall at Jacksonville University. The construction management, design-build and contracting services firm said it will demolish and upgrade existing residence hall living spaces.

Work includes student residence rooms, open study areas, laundry facilities, community kitchens, lounge areas, the lobby reception area and the basement. Renovations are expected to be complete in July.

The four-story, 58,000-square-foot building was built in 1967 as an all-female residence hall. It now serves as a co-ed hall and houses JU’s athletics department.

Athletic offices and a wing will remain operational during the project.

The project manager is Matthew Hartley.

ULI announces inaugural leadership class

The Urban Land Institute North Florida announced its inaugural Center for Leadership program participants. 

The Leadership Class of 2019 comprises 28 members in planning, development, real estate, law, construction, city and county government, engineering and related professions.

From September through May, the class will comprise eight full-day seminars that include industry education, property tours and meetings with industry leaders and elected officials.

Topics include trends in infrastructure and regionalism, community development, public policy, healthy places, entrepreneurship, urban design and capital markets.

GreenPointe is the founding sponsor. There also are day sponsors.

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