JU pays almost $2 million for land where it plans health sciences building

Arlington-based university bought 6.6 acres for $1.98 million from OLT II Inc.

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Jacksonville University bought 6.6 acres for $1.98 million from OLT II Inc. for development of its health sciences building.

JU bought the site Oct. 25 from Dayton, Ohio-based OLT, led by President Greg Nelson, a Jacksonville University graduate.

The city issued a mobility calculation certificate Oct. 3 for the three-story, 105,000-square-foot health sciences building at 3412 University Blvd., just north of the JU campus at 2800 University Blvd. N. The project is referred to as Dolphin Reef on the certificate.

The building will comprise medical offices, orthodontics, audiology, speech clinic, kinesiology and classrooms for students.

Taylor & White Inc. is the agent.

Stellar Group Inc. is building the three-story building at a more specific address at 5491 Dolphin Point Blvd. on the north end of the campus at a construction cost of $20 million. 

The building will house the Keigwin School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Orthodontics.

Associated programs include speech pathology, mental health counseling, occupational therapy and kinesiology.

Completion is expected by fall 2019.