Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Accubuild Aims to Leave Its Mark on the Area; That Goal Is Certainly Not without Controversy, Especially in Riverside

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Accubuild Aims to Leave Its Mark on the Area; That Goal Is Certainly Not without Controversy, Especially in Riverside

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Byline: JOE LIGHT

A local developer is making a concerted effort to prove that success isn't necessarily measured by the size of projects, but by the ones that are remembered.

Jacksonville-based Accubuild's developments might seem small when compared to $100-million condo towers rising along the river, but their notability is unquestioned. Accubuild has been in charge of building dozens of well-known restaurants in Northeast Florida -- including Bistro Aix and those founded by local chef Matthew Medure. It also has developments in the works that will transform the Riverside area for better or for worse, depending on whom is asked.

The company's founder, I. Mark Rubin, was a litigator in Miami who turned to real estate development when he started to lose interest in law. He worked on a few real estate deals while he was a practicing attorney, but had worked on only one project at a time before ending his practice.

"I had gotten all of those type-A personality battles out of my system and felt like I was well-suited to real estate development," he said.

Now the company, which has about 10 employees, does both construction and development projects through subcontractors. It has an internal construction company and finance company, in addition to the development arm.

Rubin said his company focuses on niche projects, not necessarily the ones that would make them the most money.

Rubin is also involved in two controversial projects in the Riverside-Five Points area -- a low-rise in-fill condo development near the Publix shopping center in Riverside and a medical office complex that would require the removal of a historic mansion.

The Oak Street Lofts would have eight units on a 0.17-acre parcel on the edge of Riverside and Five Points. It drew concerns from some residents because of its height -- 55 feet -- and how it would affect parking in the area. …

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