The Mathis Report: Demolition approved to clear path for San Marco apartments

The former Florida Baptist Convention buildings are coming down.

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Former Florida Baptist Convention buildings are coming down at 1230 Hendricks Ave.

Realco Recycling Co. Inc. will demolish the office, bank and warehouse at the site at a cost of $349,000, according to a permit application submitted Friday and issued Monday.

The 3.41-acre site is slated for redevelopment into 345 apartments, parking and 5,500 square feet of retail space at Hendricks and Naldo avenues, Nira Street and the Interstate 95 ramp.

Florida Baptist Convention Inc. sold the property to Chadbourne II LLC in June 2017 for $6.15 million. The convention relocated to Belfort Oaks Place near Southpoint.

Jacksonville-based Chadbourne II LLC is identified as the developer of the studio, one- and two-bedroom units in a multistory building and a seven-level parking deck whose top floor includes a pool deck. The garage structure is designed adjacent to the residential building and includes a rooftop terrace and bar.

Plans show 68 studio units, 180 one-bedroom units and 97 two-bedroom apartments. Parking totals 526 spaces.

The ground-level retail space includes a restaurant with outdoor seating along Hendricks Avenue, according to the master site plan.

Plans show a pool courtyard and a hardscape courtyard around which the apartment building wraps.

England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer.

Chadbourne’s phone number is that of Block One Ventures. Chadbourne’s corporate structure is linked in Florida corporate records to the Driver, McAfee, Hawthorne & Diebenow law firm.

Block One Ventures says on its site that it is a Jacksonville-based multifamily development company backed by a discretionary proprietary equity source and can “make quick investment decisions, providing improved certainty of close for property sellers.”

City Council enacted ordinances in April 2017 to rezone the property and amend the land use.