Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Panel Revises Grocer's Zone Plan

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Panel Revises Grocer's Zone Plan

Article excerpt

It took a local property owner and a South Carolina developer

two months to hammer out a zoning plan for a proposed

supermarket that the residents of two Mandarin subdivisions

would accept.

It took the Jacksonville Planning Commission 35 minutes

Thursday to change that zoning plan. Now no one knows if those

changes could affect the future of a proposed Harris Teeter

supermarket on San Jose Boulevard, at Mandarin Road.

The commission unanimously approved a rezoning request that

would allow the North Carolina-based store chain to build one of

its first Florida stores on the 8-acre property. But the

commission eliminated one proposed store sign in the agreement,

reduced the size of another, and demanded bigger trees be

planted during construction and landscaping.

That was not good news for Lee Underwood, the representative of

E.L.G. Ventures, which owns the property. He said the agreement

he presented Thursday was the result of many meetings with

neighbors and Harris Teeter's developer, and that is what he

thought the Planning Commission wanted.

"We had an agreement, and the commission felt that they would

make certain things a little bit more stringent," Underwood said

after the vote. "We had worked out an agreement with the

homeowners and Harris Teeter, and this is different from that,

so we will have to check with them."

Chris Hack, development director for the South Carolina company

that will develop the Mandarin site, said he also thought the

agreement presented to the Planning Commission was a final one.

Now he said the future of that project hinges on how Harris

Teeter officials react to the changes this week.

"I have no idea how it will affect it," said Hack, who works

for Centennial American Properties.

The upscale Harris Teeter supermarket chain is looking at the

site on San Jose Boulevard and Mandarin Road for a

46,600-square-foot store, and hopes to build it by late 1998.

The company has 135 stores in five Southeast states, and is

eyeing a Ponte Vedra site for another store.

Since Underwood filed his rezoning request in mid-October,

residents in The Gates of Olde Mandarin and Ramsgate

subdivisions have been demanding certain conditions to cut down

on the noise and traffic they think the store would bring. …

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