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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jan. 27, 201612:00 PM EST

Town Center Promenade to include grocery store and hotel


Core Property Capital LLC’s plans for its 30-acre development near Town Center might be adjustable, but marketing materials online show it’s now called Town Center Promenade.

It fronts Town Center Parkway opposite the St. Johns Town Center.

A draft site plan of the project, earlier referred to as Town Center Exchange, show an almost 18,000-square-foot grocery store; a 42,250-square-foot fitness center; three standalone restaurants from 3,125 to 7,000 square feet; a 4,500-square-foot branch bank; an almost 8,000-square-foot building with a restaurant and retail space; and an almost 6,000-square-foot structure with a coffee shop and retail space.

Plans also show 335 apartments units among four buildings and another acre for retail development.

A vice president of the Atlanta-based developer said in September that Core Property Capital would develop the apartments, which front a lake.

The 2-acre site for a proposed 123-room hotel also fronts the lake.

The Promenade marketing materials say the 30-acre mixed-use development would consist of about 100,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, 350 multifamily units and a 150-room hotel.

The Shopping Center Group is marketing the remaining sites. A marketing flier shows 10 lots in size from less than an acre to more than 5 acres. They are available as ground leases and build-to-suits, with one for sale.

Tom Mundy with The Shopping Center Group represents the Town Center Promenade. Mundy and Core Property Capital representatives have not returned telephone calls this week.

Core Property Capital paid $23.5 million last week to buy 69 acres west along Town Center Parkway from Midtown Parkway north to Brightman Boulevard. Of that, 30 acres can be developed.

Except for the fitness center, the other buildings are designed to front Town Center Parkway. The fitness center is behind the grocery store and next to the multifamily project.

No retailer or restaurant is identified on the draft site plan.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc. said in September it was considering Jacksonville for a full-size location, which is 6,000 square feet. The Town Center Promenade site plan shows a 5,912-square-foot restaurant building that could accommodate that size.

Gatlin building more retail at Collins Plaza

Gatlin Development Co. filed plans to develop two commercial shell buildings at Collins Plaza in Southwest Jacksonville.

The city is reviewing permit applications for Jacksonville-based Gatlin Development to build 20,600 square feet of multitenant retail space among two buildings at 7025 Collins Road, near Interstate 295.

No contractor is listed for the almost $1.24 million project.

CEO Frank Gatlin expects to complete construction in about six months. He said he had tenants for about 8,000 square feet but he couldn’t release the names because leases aren’t signed.

Gatlin Development bought the almost 44-acre site in December 2014 and immediately sold about 16 acres to Walmart, which is developing a Supercenter there. The store should open this spring.

Collins Plaza is at northwest Collins Road and I-295.

Gatlin also sold about 2 acres to Gate Petroleum Co., which is building a convenience store and gas station there with 20 fueling positions.

Gate said Tuesday it was scheduled to be completed by the end of May.

Gatlin wants to construct two buildings of 11,000 and 9,600 square feet of space. The tenant work would be done under separate permits.

The company also wants to build a 10,000-square-foot retail building and it owns two more outparcels for sale.

Gatlin said the company is working with a few tenants but nothing was solid yet.

Blue Bell is back

Blue Bell Ice Cream is returning to the shelves of Northeast Florida grocers and retailers. The company said it will be in stores throughout the week stocking and restocking.

With this addition, the company said its five-phase market re-entry is complete.

Blue Bell recalled all of its products in April after discovering contamination by the listeria bacteria.

Health officials linked the company’s ice cream to three deaths at a Kansas hospital and to illnesses in other areas.

The 109-year-old company, based in Brenham, Texas, cleaned and sanitized its four production plants and 50 distribution centers, including the Westside Jacksonville distribution center.

Blue Bell began rolling out its products again Aug. 31. Florida was in the fifth phase.

Blue Bell Ice Cream now is being sold in parts of 16 states, selling nine flavors and 12-pack cups. The company plans to increase operations and add flavors.

The company said it will continue to test every batch of ice cream produced and will continue to work closely with regulatory agencies.

Chase Bank adding branches

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reports applications by JPMorgan Chase for staffed branches at Highland Square, which is at Dunn Avenue and Briarcliff Road East, and at southeast Bartram Park Boulevard and Old St. Augustine Road.

The Highland Square application was received Jan. 13; the Bartram application was approved Jan. 6.

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