Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Developer Is Working on Publix Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Developer Is Working on Publix Center

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

A Florida developer that specializes in Publix Super Market-anchored shopping centers intends to launch its first Jacksonville development in Westside.

Halvorsen Development Inc. of Boca Raton filed plans with the Jacksonville Planning and Development Department for a 12.11-acre retail center at Argyle Forest and Old Middleburg Road.

The center is designed as two buildings totaling 68,011 square feet, anchored by a 44,840-square-foot Publix.

"It's an absolutely booming area," said Halvorsen Vice President Tim Berg. Berg said yesterday that the ongoing and planned growth in West Jacksonville was the lure.

Berg said Publix has not yet signed the lease. He said Halvorsen expects to buy the property by the end of the year, start construction in December or January, and complete the estimated $9 million project in about nine months.

Plans show the grocery store is connected with 11,546 square feet of retail space. A separate building offers another 11,625 square feet of retail space. Plans also show three outparcels of 1 to 1.5 acres.

Berg said Halvorsen has not yet negotiated with other tenants or outparcel buyers. The outparcels are targeted to businesses such as a convenience store/gas station, bank and fast-food restaurant, he said.

Berg said Halvorsen develops Publix-anchored centers and that its Jacksonville broker, Cantrell Real Estate, is looking for more sites.

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He said the company bought the larger site, just a few blocks north, and wants to start building the dealership complex within a year. …

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