River City Rehabilitation Center in North Jacksonville approved for construction

The 116-bed skilled nursing center is planned at 15480 Max Leggett Parkway.

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River City Rehabilitation Center is approved for construction in North Jacksonville near River City Marketplace and the UF Health North medical complex.

Health Care Managers Inc. and First Coast Health Ventures LLC were approved Thursday to build the 116-bed skilled nursing center at 15480 Max Leggett Parkway. 

Steven W. Sell, founder and principal of Amelia Island-based Health Care Managers Inc., said by email Friday that First Coast Ventures LLC will be the owner and operator. 

The architect of River City Rehabilitation Center is Largo-based Architectural Concepts Inc.
The architect of River City Rehabilitation Center is Largo-based Architectural Concepts Inc.

The 81,000-square-foot single-story structure will be constructed on almost 10 acres by Danis Construction LLC for a listed job cost of $12 million. 

 The facility is planned to open in March 2020 and will employ 120 full-time and 10 part-time workers.

Sell said the facility will have 116 dually certified Medicaid and Medicare beds. Of those, 58 will be private beds and 58 will be semi-private suite beds. The semi-private rooms are separated by a wall and share a bathroom.

Services include three gyms and a therapy courtyard with an emphasis on physical, speech and occupational therapy. An oxygen delivery system will be installed in several rooms.

Sell said there will be multiple activity rooms, a bistro, electronic medical records system, remote control window shades and flat-screen TVs in every room. There also will be a beauty salon.

Largo-based Architectural Concepts Inc., who primarily designs senior living facilities is the architect.

Sell said they expect to partner with UF Health North “with specific needs and protocols enabling patients to return to home and not to a hospital.”

J. Charles Wilson with First Coast Health Ventures LLC, said the $28 million project started site clearing on Dec. 3.  Synovus Bank is financing the project.

Wilson said they bought the property in 2016 after obtaining a Certificate of Need  from the state. The property was purchased from St. Johns Trading Co. Inc., led by the Tredinick family, for $2.85 million.

Wilson said they delayed the start of construction because of numerous issues. First Coast Health Managers was pursuing the development of another facility in Middleburg at the same time. Those efforts consumed much of their time. There also were zoning and financial issues contributing to the delay.

Health Care Managers also owns Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center along Armsdale Road in North Jacksonville and The Palms at Ponte Vedra assisted-living center.

Sell said the company sold Park Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on College Street in July. Health Care Managers also formerly owned Hilliard Manor in Nassau County and Lanier Manor near New Berlin Road.