Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans Filed for North Main Street Place

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans Filed for North Main Street Place

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Byline: Karen Brune Mathis, Times-Union senior business writer

Developers of the proposed North Main Street Place retail center in North Jacksonville want to start construction in January and open the first phase by the summer.

In the meantime, First Coast Land Development Inc. is working with former City Council members Alberta Hipps and Ginny Myrick to determine what city assistance might be available in the area, which is about a mile north of New Berlin Road.

"We are in an area that is on the rise," said Patty Griffin, president of First Coast Land Development, which she owns with her husband, Weather Engineers Inc. owner Daniel Griffin. She said the area was commercially undeveloped as housing continued to be built.

The city has targeted areas of North and West Jacksonville, along with downtown, for economic incentives to spur jobs and development.

First Coast Land Development submitted engineering site plans to the city for the 10.4-acre project, which comprises a two-building, 42,500-square-foot retail center and three outparcels. F&G Construction is the contractor, she said.

Patty Griffin said yesterday that no outparcels have been sold yet, but several prospective buyers are interested, such as restaurants, a convenience store and gas station, a bank and some government offices.

In the main buildings, she said potential tenants include a mix of retailers that include sports bar, an "outlet-type" store, medical offices, a dry cleaner and a food court with patio seating. The two buildings might be developed in two phases.

"We're getting close to signing on some tenants," she said.

First Coast Development filed concurrency plans earlier this year that showed a potential pharmacy on one of the outparcels. She said that also remained a possibility.

Griffin said that she hired Myrick and Hipps as consultants. …

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