Baltimore firm chooses Jacksonville to build in industrial park

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Approximately 25 acres of land will soon be developed on the site of two new industrial building warehouses on the north side of Jacksonville.

Based in Baltimore Merritt Properties obtained municipal building permits to erect two new warehouses that will cover a combined area of ​​79,000 square feet at the Imeson Landing Business Park at 1250 Imeson Park Blvd. —

Commercial real estate company and developer officials said they have been monitoring the Jacksonville market for some time. The company already has properties in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

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“Jacksonville has become a location of choice due to the area’s growth-friendly business culture, low vacancy rates, advanced transportation and logistics, and fast-growing communities,” said Robb Merritt. , president of Merritt Properties. “These acquisitions allow us to expand into a strong market while meeting demand for single-stage light industrial products.”

Additional buildings will be added, five in total, according to Merritt.

“Merritt investing in Jacksonville and choosing our city as its entry point to Florida is great news for our community and another example that Northeast Florida is one of the most desirable markets in the country,” said Jacksonville Councilman Aaron Bowman, who is also senior vice president of business development for JAXUSA Partnership, the seven-county regional economic development arm of JAX Chamber.

Arco Design and Build will build Merritt’s first two warehouses, which will cost $5.2 million to build. Eventually, three more buildings will be added to the site, according to drawings provided by Merritt.

VyStar to restructure Westside branch

While VyStar Credit Union has strengthened its presence around its downtown Jacksonville headquarters on Laura Street, the company is also maintaining its outside branches.

City building officials this month approved building permits for VyStar to undertake a major interior renovation of its branch at 7795 103rd St. The project will cost approximately $1.4 million and cover 6,800 square feet on the website.

Not only do the renovations include cosmetic upgrades, but VyStar institutes notable technology upgrades at the Westside branch. Interactive terminals will be added to the offices for faster and easier access for customers.

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“VyStar Credit Union is committed to providing members with a better way to bank through best-in-class products and member-centric service,” said Joel Swanson, director of member experience. . “As part of this commitment, we continue to invest in our branches to ensure our members have the best possible experience every time they visit us.”

Dana B. Kenyon Co. is the contractor for the work.

VyStar is ready for another major overhaul in a different branch. Later this year, the company will perform a similar transformation at the 2762 Blanding Blvd branch. in Middleburg.

Here are the additional building permits

2700 Powers Ave., building of structural steel tenants for VEHO, $1.1 million. Jim Cooper Construction Co. Inc.

4880 Big Island Drive, Unit 3, masonry construction for OVME LLC, $450,000. Building Act.

2700 Powers Ave., wall construction and masonry finishes for Power TI and Scannell Properties, $381,076. Jim Cooper Construction Co. Inc.

9900 Normandy Blvd., Florida State Facilities Management new construction steel building installation, 1,800 square feet, $343,281. An Electric Advantage Inc.

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4804 W. Deer Lake Drive, interior renovation for Starbucks Coffee Corp., $254,840. Venture Construction Co.

4890 Big Island Drive, Unit 3, Structural Steel Tenant Building for Clean Juice, $200,000. Skyline construction inc.

4727 Lannie Road, foundation with plumbing for the City of Jacksonville Metal Shop, $150,000. Builders Auld & White LLC.

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