Veterinary Emergency Group is building-out a closed restaurant in the St. Johns Town Center area for conversion into a 24-hour emergency animal hospital at a construction job cost of almost $1.05 million.
The city issued a permit Dec. 5 for New York-based Veterinary Emergency Group to demolish the interior and build-out the 4,700-square-foot building at 4507 Town Center Parkway.
It most recently was 145°F Seafood Boil and before that was Applebee’s. The total building area is 5,444 square feet.
Embree Construction Group Inc. of Georgetown, Texas, is the contractor. Abbot Studios of Columbus, Ohio, is the architect.
The structure is in St. John’s Town Center North, which is anchored by Publix and Total Wine & More.
In early 2021, Jacksonville-based ownership applied to the city for a certificate of use for 145°F Seafood Boil, whose first restaurant opened in Clermont. The property now is closed and vacant.
Property records show the Town Center area Applebee’s was built in 2007. Applebee’s closed in 2019.
Core Investment Management owns the shopping center through Core SJ Owner LLC of Miami. It paid $44 million for the property in June 2021, buying it from American Realty Advisors Inc., through SVF St. John’s Jacksonville LLC, of Glendale, California.
Veterinary Emergency Group, established in Valhalla, New York, in 2014, has 72 locations open or coming soon in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
The six Florida locations are in Aventura, Boynton Beach, Clearwater, Miami and Tampa.
“We’re ready 24/7 to immediately triage and treat all pets–avian and exotics too. From accident wounds to vomiting to complex surgeries, you’ll see healing-focused heroics up close. Our fully transparent approach lets you be involved in your pet’s care and stay by their side the entire time,” says veterinaryemergencygroup.com.
Veterinarian David Bessler, CEO, and co-founder David Glattstein, president, started Veterinary Emergency Group.