City reviewing rezoning and $8 million construction permit for Mandarin Home Depot

The home improvement chain wants to demolish the closed Kmart and redevelop the site at 9600 San Jose Blvd.

The Home Depot plans to demolish the closed Kmart at 9600 San Jose Blvd in Mandarin and build a 132,975-square-foot store.
The Home Depot plans to demolish the closed Kmart at 9600 San Jose Blvd in Mandarin and build a 132,975-square-foot store.
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As Jacksonville City Council considers rezoning for The Home Depot to redevelop the closed Kmart property in Mandarin, the city also received a building-permit application for the new store.

The Home Depot, based in Atlanta, proposes to build a 132,975-square-foot store at a construction cost of $8 million at 9600 San Jose Blvd.

The Kmart store will be demolished.

No contractor is listed. WD Partners of Dublin, Ohio, is the architect. Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. of Vero Beach is the civil engineer.

The Home Depot proposes to build a 106,367-square-foot store with a 25,074-square-foot garden center and other space. The site is 11.64 acres along San Jose Boulevard, west of the intersection with Old St. Augustine Road.

The site plan for The Home Depot in Mandarin. The Zaxby’s restaurant along San Jose Boulevard in front of the building would remain.
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Property owner Ash Properties wants to rezone the property from Commercial Community/General-1 to Planned Unit Development.

Ordinance 2024-194 is scheduled May 7 at the Council Land Use and Zoning Committee.

KJS Law of Ponte Vedra Beach is the applicant for property owner Onoudidnt Inc., which is affiliated with Ash Properties.

The application says the rezoning will allow for the development and operation of the proposed Home Depot as well as parking and outdoor display and storage of rental vehicles, trailers, merchandise, equipment and outdoor storage sheds associated with the retail store and garden center.

The closed Kmart site at San Jose Boulevard and Old St. Augustine Road would be demolished to make way for The Home Depot.
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As the project developer, Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. proposes demolishing the closed 105,737-square-foot Kmart for construction of the home improvement store.

The city also is reviewing a demolition permit for the vacant Kmart at an estimated cost of $400,000.

The redeveloped site will include at least 380 parking spaces, including ADA-accessible spaces.

The Home Depot applied for an environmental resource permit Jan. 18 with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

That application shows Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. as the applicant and the operation and maintenance entity; Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. of Vero Beach as the civil engineer and the registered professional consultant; WD Partners of Dublin, Ohio, as the architect; and Jacksonville-based Ash Properties as the owner through its affiliated Onoudidnt Inc.

The Home Depot site along San Jose Boulevard.

The closed Kmart site was identified last year for redevelopment as a Home Depot, but the company and Ash Properties have not commented about it.

The city issued a mobility fee calculation certificate March 21, 2023, for a 134,592-square-foot Home Depot at the property.

Mobility fees are calculated to mitigate a development’s traffic impact. No fee was shown. 

The site does not include the separately owned Zaxby’s restaurant along San Jose Boulevard in front of the building.

Property records show the Kmart building was developed in 1979.

Through Atlantic Mini-Storage of America Inc., Ash Properties paid almost $4.39 million for the property in December 2015.

Kmart closed there in 2016 but continued to lease the property until parent company Sears Holdings Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2018.  

Ash Properties said in October 2019 that it intended to renovate the building for several large and possibly a few smaller tenants.



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