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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Mar. 8, 201806:20 AM EST

Wildlight retail center in review

Skinner Bros. plans 9,100--square-foot building

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing a permit for the commercial parcel at Wildlight that Skinner Bros. Realty will develop.

Jacksonville-based Skinner Bros. Realty proposes a 9,100-square-foot multitenant building in the Nassau County property owned by Raydient Places + Properties.

Site plans show the property is at Wildlight Boulevard and Florida A1A, at northeast Interstate 95 and A1A. 

Raydient Places, part of Rayonier Inc., announced in February that Skinner Bros. will build the first retail complex in the property.

Raydient said Skinner Bros. Realty was in the final stages of purchasing the first 2 acres of an overall 3-acre development, which will begin with the multitenant building and courtyard and a 4,000-square-foot building on the corner of Wildlight Boulevard and A1A.

 Skinner Bros. submitted a preliminary site plan to Nassau County’s Development Review Committee in November. The first building will include an outside courtyard and covered dining area. 

Skinner Bros. is working with engineering consultant Connelly & Wicker Inc. and design firm Ervin Lovett Miller to build-out the site’s full horizontal construction plan.

Construction is expected to begin this summer. 

Wildlight will include homes, townhomes and rental apartments along with shops and restaurants, an elementary school and a system of trails and pathways.

The first phase is designed for about 1,000 homes on about 260 acres and almost  350 acres of preserved open space. 

Wildlight is being created by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust. 

Splitz and Smash – choose your sport

Looking for activity? The city approved permits for more bowling and pingpong in Duval County.

The city OK’d a permit for the Splitz bowling center at the former Circuit City store in Argyle.

Whitcraft Construction is the contractor for the $1.05 million build-out at 8155 Youngerman Circle.

In November, the city issued a permit for Splitz of Jacksonville LLC to start work on the building for conversion into a bowling alley.

Whitcraft Construction was approved to demolish the 38,000-square-foot interior space at a cost of $100,000.

Splitz says on its site that it is a state-of-the-art entertainment facility that hosts bowling, laser tag, video arcade and a sports bar and grill.

Splitz of Jacksonville LLC paid $3.5 million for the property in late September. The Gainesville-based company bought it from Circuitville LLC of Carle Place, New York. The Circuit City store closed in late 2008.

Property records show the building was developed on about 3 acres in 1985.

In Southside, the city issued a permit for Ash Construction LLC to build-out almost 13,000 square feet of space in Baymeadows Junction at 8206 Philips Highway for Smash pingpong.

Ash Properties and operator Dennis Klee have been planning the project. Klee said in December the almost 13,000-square-foot space will accommodate 20 pingpong tables, two bars, a kitchen and restaurant seating for 265 people.

There also will be four private areas for corporate and other events.

Ash Properties’ leadership owns Baymeadows Junction.

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