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Photo by Karen Brune Mathis - Vistakon is expanding its campus at 7500 Centurion Parkway in Deerwood Park.
Jax Daily Record Friday, Jul. 12, 201312:00 PM EST

Vistakon plans Phase 6 expansion at Southside Jacksonville campus


Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., continues to expand, this time with a proposed 23,000-square-foot building addition and parking lot at its Southside Jacksonville campus.

Vistakon, which makes disposable contact lenses, hasn't specified the uses for the building. It is called Phase 6 on site plans and joins the 100,000-square-foot distribution center under construction at the 7500 Centurion Parkway complex in Deerwood Park.

The plans filed July 1 with the St. Johns River Water Management District show a 23,000-square-foot addition to the main existing building at the 68.87-acre campus.

Plans show the addition to the 765,401-square-foot total of all buildings will boost the campus to 788,401 square feet of space. The project engineer is England, Thims & Miller Inc.

The Jacksonville campus consists of office, research, laboratory, manufacturing and distribution areas.

Vistakon also has been leasing other area space for its functions as it expands.

Spokeswoman Betsy McNiel, manager of global communications and PR for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, said in a statement that Vistakon "routinely investigates expansion opportunities in all areas where the company operates."

As part of the process, the company filed for a permit with the St. Johns River Water Management District for a proposed expansion project that could add 23,000 square feet to the Deerwood Park facility in Jacksonville, she said.

She did not elaborate on the use for the building or the timetable for construction.

Coach construction approved

The City approved a permit for a $2.39 million pick area platform expansion for Coach at its Jacksonville International Tradeport distribution center.

Intracoastal Builders Corp. is the contractor for the project at Coach's 506,156-square-foot operation at 1 Coach Way at the North Jacksonville business park.

Coach is a New York-based leather purse, shoes and accessories manufacturer. Its Jacksonville distribution center was built in 1995.

Chase branch in review for San Marco

The City is reviewing site plans for a Chase branch bank office at 1515 Atlantic Blvd. in San Marco.

Plans show a 3,680-square-foot Chase branch is planned next to the 1,600-square-foot Wilson Optical.

LAI Engineering is the engineer and the plans were prepared for BDG Architecture of Tampa.

Five Points Village construction pending

Retail Properties Inc. applied for a building permit to remodel the fa├žade and renovate the Five Points Village for new tenant space at 1012 Margaret St. Ticon Inc. is shown as the contractor for the $525,000 project for the shell space only.

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