The city issued a permit Oct. 6 for demolition of Beach Road Fish House and Chicken Dinners, a closed Jacksonville landmark restaurant that opened 84 years ago.
J.B. Coxwell Contracting Inc. will demolish the restaurant at 4132 Atlantic Blvd. at a cost of $79,300 for Jacksonville-based developer Corner Lot to develop apartments.
The city also is reviewing a permit for J.B. Coxwell to demolish a 1,370-square-foot single-family house for Corner Lot, through St. Nicholas MF Partners LLC, at 4066 Atlantic Blvd.
The restaurant started in 1939 as Beach Road Chicken Dinners and served its last fried chicken and fish in February.
The Duval County Clerk of Courts recorded a notice of commencement Sept. 20 for J.B. Coxwell to demolish and remove the almost 4,500-square-foot building and parking lot sign and perform general cleanup.
Through St. Nicholas MF Partners LLC of Jacksonville, Corner Lot bought the property Feb. 27 for $1.9 million.
Restaurant owners and spouses Nathan Stuart and Margo Klar sold the restaurant through Fish House Holdings LLC.
St. Nicholas MF Partners paid almost $2.8 million among four sales to assemble more than 7 acres for the project.
The city also is reviewing a permit for J.B. Coxwell to demolish a 1,370-square-foot single-family house for St. Nicholas MF Partners at 4066 Atlantic Blvd.
City Council approved legislation Nov. 9, 2022, rezoning the property to planned unit development.
A concept plan dated July 25, 2022, shows an outline for 285 apartments in a five-story building that wraps around an amenity area with a pool and plaza. There also is a dog park. The number of units has changed.
The city issued a mobility fee calculation certificate July 25, 2023, for development of 253 apartments on 7.22 acres. It calculated a fee of $144,941 to mitigate the project’s traffic impact.
The site is at Atlantic Boulevard and Art Museum Drive. Connelly & Wicker Inc. is the civil engineer.
Stuart and Klar took over Beach Road Chicken Dinners in 2019, leasing the property from owners Ken and Tena Ferger.
The couple bought 1.43 acres of the almost 4-acre parcel from the Fergers in October 2021. Fish House Holdings LLC bought the restaurant site, while the Fergers kept the remaining undeveloped property and has sold it to Corner Lot.
Two other property owners also sold their land for the development.
Beach Road Fish House and Chicken Dinners closed after the restaurant said in a Facebook post it would close after its property was sold.
Corner Lot is an active apartment and residential developer in Jacksonville with apartment, housing, hotel and mixed-use projects.