Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans, Permits Building Will Be Welcomed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans, Permits Building Will Be Welcomed

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

There might not be immediate rest for those weary of lugging building plans for blocks, but there will be more parking eventually.

Contractors and agents seeking construction permits now compete for the scarce parking spaces around the City Hall Annex so they can carry their building plans for the least possible distance.

While the opening won't be for at least two years, a new plans and permits office should offer 250 free parking spaces for customers of city agencies that review building, zoning, engineering and concurrency applications and grant construction permits.

"It's going to be nice," said Sam Mousa, chief administrative officer for Mayor John Delaney.

City Council approved a $52.3 million bond issue recently that will finance several projects, including a building for the plans and permits review and processing offices.

Mousa said that building will go up along A. Philip Randolph Boulevard, just north of the Mathews Bridge Expressway. He expects the 33,000-square-foot center to be a one-story structure.

Mousa said the $7.3 million project will be financed with $5.1 million from the building inspection special revenue fund, which is financed by permit fees, and with $2.2 million from the city's general fund.

The facility will house the activities that now operate out of the first floor of the City Hall Annex at 220 E. Bay St. Convenient parking is limited there because the Adam's Mark hotel was built on the annex's former parking lot and neighboring lots, garages and street spaces must accommodate traffic to the annex, the Duval County Courthouse and other destinations.

Mousa said that offices moving to the new structure include building inspection, plan review and permits, concurrency, zoning and other activities that operate on the first floor of the annex. …

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