Southside Overpass Plan

30 04 2005

A Jacksonville Transportation Authority study recommends $185 million in road improvements at 11 intersections but not the controversial Southside Boulevard-Baymeadows Road overpass.

The recommendation includes building three overpasses and adding high-tech traffic signals and additional turn lanes. It also advises buying land along Southside Boulevard between Beach and Butler boulevards for future upgrades.

The analysis, ordered after prices skyrocketed for seven Southside overpasses outlined in the Better Jacksonville Plan, came out as City Hall updated its projections Thursday to show that the $2.2 billion plan faces a shortfall of $658 million for road projects alone. Earlier this month, the cost of the Better Jacksonville Plan’s road projects was estimated to be short $760 million.

The Southside-Baymeadows overpass was estimated to cost $73 million, the most expensive one in the plan.

The study calls for the construction of overpasses on Atlantic Boulevard at Southside and Kernan boulevards, and where Beach and Kernan boulevards meet. Other improvements, such as additional turn lanes, would be made on Atlantic Boulevard at Hodges Boulevard, Girvin Road and San Pablo Road, and where Atlantic and the Arlington Expressway meet Monument Road.

The high-tech traffic signals would be at three other intersections.

The study encompassed an area bordered by the Wonderwood Expressway to the north, the Intracoastal Waterway to the east, Butler Boulevard to the south and Interstate 95 to the west.

The $185 million in road improvements were chosen from a “wish list” of $677.1 million in potential projects. Blaylock said the projects were chosen because of need and cost.

Jacksonville Mayor Peyton’s strategy for paying for the Better Jacksonville Plan road budget overruns calls for prioritizing improvements and generating additional dollars both from the city and the state. Voters approved the plan in 2000; it also included a new downtown library and ballpark.

Of the $658 million in overruns, $602 million is from escalating costs primarily of land acquisition, and $56 million comes from expensive add-ons, such as additional lanes on Kernan Boulevard.

Peyton’s proposal calls for pooling $350 million from the Better Jacksonville Plan and $100 million from JTA-issued bonds, along with state and federal matching dollars.

Source: Florida-Times Union





New Southside Constructions

29 04 2005

The Bentley at Deerwood Commons, a 200-unit condominium complex, on Deer Lake Drive West at Gate Parkway, on 12.2 acres is under development; agent is Ron Buckley; architect is Rink Design Partnership Inc.; engineer is Prosser Hallock Planners & Engineers; developer is Trident Realty, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Lendry Homes proposes a 52-unit townhome subdivision at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club on Queens Harbor Boulevard between Princess Kelly Drive and Greenland Creek, on 17.16 acres; owner is Robert A. Carithers of The Carithers Co., Ponte Vedra Beach; engineer is Greenhorne & O’Mara Inc.

Park Wood at San Jose, a 10-lot subdivision, 9069 San Jose Blvd. between Beauclerc and Baymeadows roads, 11.3 acres; agent is Henry A. Vorpe Jr.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc; developer is David Johnston of Blue Spoon Digital.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Estates of San Jose, a nine-lot home subdivision, San Jose Boulevard West south of University Boulevard, 3.87 acres; agent is Henry A. Vorpe Jr.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc.; developer is Ginger Soud.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for a six-lot subdivision, on Bentwood Avenue between Pine Tree and Thalia roads, west of San Pablo Road, on 1.4 acres; agent is Nicole Lebron; owner is Jonathon and Karen Mason, Jacksonville Beach; engineer is Connelly & Wicker Inc., Jacksonville Beach.

Conditional concurrency approval and Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Woods of Ortega, a 160-unit condominium complex, on Blanding Boulevard between Townsend Road and Morse Avenue, on 12.34 acres, 100,800 square feet, $10 million; agent is Molly Mason; owner is Skaff et al; engineer is J. Lucas & Associates Inc.; developer is Kendale Land Development.

St. Johns River Water Management District review for The Cove Condominiums, south of Baymeadows Road, just east of San Jose Boulevard, 9.81 acres; agent is Mike Balanky, Jacksonville Beach.

Informal concurrency review for Greenland Farms subdivision, on Greenland Road between Greenland Road and Interstate 295, on 54 acres; agent is L. Charles Mann; owner is Louis Wilensky; 46 single-family homes; file indicates preliminary fair share assessment of $158,064 for road improvements necessary for final approval.

Construction at Merrill Pines condominiums for 16 units, 7920 Merrill Road, No. 17, between State Road 9A and Townsend Boulevard, two stories totaling 19,221 square feet, $960,000; contractor is DR Horton; agent is Raymond Crosby, vice president; owner is DR Horton; architect is Esposito, Cheek & Associates; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.

Engineering site plan review for Gately Ridge subdivision, off Gately Road south of Mt. Pleasant Road in Arlington, on 9.6 acres; agent is Ghyabi & Associates Inc.; engineer is Kloss, Mosley & Associates Inc.; 22 single-family lots.

St. Johns River Water Management District review for Wynnfield Lakes single- and multi-family subdivision, on west side of Kernan Boulevard between Beach and Atlantic boulevards, 166.4 acres; agent is Erik H. Wilson, Hutson Companies; engineer is William Hood & Associates Inc.; site was timbered, ditched and planted with slash pine as part of a pine plantation operation in the 1980s; proposed 372 single-family homes and 204 condominium units.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review at Bartram Park for Summerlin town homes, on Bartram Park Boulevard, just south of St. Augustine Road, 31.95 acres; agent is Brian Garbacz; owner is Beazer Homes Inc.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.; 320 units in 40 buildings and one 54,427 square-foot clubhouse.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Redstone multi-family subdivision, on south side of Beach Boulevard between Hodges Boulevard and San Pablo Road, 22.19 acres; agent is Susan E. Green of Green & Kupperman Inc., Neptune Beach; owner is The Estuary Corp., in care of The PARC Group Inc.; engineer is Arcadis-BHR Inc. (Bessent Hammack & Ruckman); developer is Redstone Southeast, Tampa; 240 units in 21 buildings.

Site clearing for Georgetown town homes, 10400 Brightman Blvd. near Town Center Parkway, 26.8 acres, $2,100; agent is Michael Lash, project manager; owner is South East Development Associates; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.

Site clearing at Bartram Park subdivision for Twinleaf condominiums, 13400 Bartram Park Blvd. near St. Augustine Road, 3.94 acres, $2,000; agent is Mark Major, land entitlement manager; owner is Pulte Homes Corp.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.

Engineering site plan review at Bartram Park Phase II for Hawthorn townhomes, on 35.11 acres; agent is Scott Jordan Lockwood, project manager; owner is Pulte Homes Corp.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.; 196 townhomes in 35 buildings.

Conditional concurrency approval for second phase of Peeler Road condominium project, on Fort Caroline Road between Cesery Boulevard and Peeler Road, on 9.81 acres, $4 million; agent is Rogers Towers law firm; owner is Setzer’s 8th Street Corp.; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.; for 36 condominiums in 12 buildings; 176 units in two phases combined.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Hidden Villas Condominium complex, Monument Road between Shadowwood Park and Oak Water drives, 1.07 acres, 14,720 square feet, $1.25 million; agent is Joseph Logan, Logan Engineering Co., East Palatka; owner is J. Patrick Heekin, Nikeeh Holdings LLC; architect is Fred Baruchman and Associates, Woodstock, Ga.; 16 condominium buildings.

Site clearing for Deerbrook condominiums, 7155 Bonneval Road between Philips Highway and Interstate 95, 33.45 acres, $200,000; owner is DR Horton; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.

Site clearing for Water’s Edge subdivision, 2633 Cauley Lane between Kaylor Lane and Water Bluff Shores Drive East, 8 acres, $25,000; agent is Douglas B. Register, president; owner is DBR & Associates Inc.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc.; 10 lots.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Skinner Nursery townhomes, on Baymeadows Road East between Baymeadows Road and Gate Parkway, on 17.5 acres; agent is Nicholas E. Mousa; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc; developer is Pulte Home Corp.; 218 lots in 29 buildings with clubhouse, pool and gated entrance.

Conditional concurrency approval for Hidden Villas Condominium complex, Monument Road between Shadowwood Park and Oak Water drives, 1.07 acres, $1.25 million; agent is Joseph Logan, Logan Engineering Co., East Palatka; owner is J. Patrick Heekin, Nikeeh Holdings LLC; 16 condominium buildings.

Site clearing for Hillcrest townhome subdivision, 8150 Fort Caroline Road at corner of Hartsfield Road, 799,762 square feet, $145,000; owner is Fort Caroline Development Corp.; engineer is CCL Consultants Inc.

Engineering site plan review at Wentworth at Hidden Hills subdivision for seven lots, inside the Hidden Hills Country Club off of Monument Road, 3.15 acres; agent is Bob Klopfenstein; engineer is CGS Consulting Engineers Inc. (No. 57.20)

Construction at Pablo Creek Reserve subdivision for sales office trailer, 5050 San Pablo Rd., No. TP01, 2,135 square feet, $200,000; contractor is CF Knight Inc.; owner is Pablo Creek Reserve; architect is Ebert Norman Brady Architects, Jacksonville Beach; prepared for The Parc Group Inc.

Conditional concurrency review for Losco Road residential, Losco Road between English Moss and Losco Estates lanes, 9.94 acres, 23 single-family houses, $2 million; agent is Emily Pierce; property owner is Charles Losco.

Conditional concurrency review for Parkwood at San Jose, San Jose Boulevard, between Baymeadows and Sunbeam roads, 11 acres, nine single-family houses, $1 million; agent is David Johnston; owner is Ramzi A. Khuri.

Site clearing for The Cottages at Greenland, 5663 Greenland Road, 38.59 acres, condos, $523,000; owner is The Cottages at Greenland LLC.

Concurrency review for Valencia Village, Pablo Creek Reserve, San Pablo Road South, 30.24 acres, 17 single-family units; agent is Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller; owner is Estuary Corp.

Source: The Times-Union





E-2 Visa

29 04 2005

While the U.S. has made it more difficult for foreigners to visit America following an increase in security measures to fight terrorism, a number of British and Irish citizens have discovered the relatively obscure E-2 visa, or Treaty Investor visa, which must be renewed regularly but allows a visitor to stay indefinitely. Interest in the E-2 visa could boost commercial investment as well as residential, because it requires the user to own a business in the U.S. Some other general E-2 requirements
include: The investor must be a national of a treaty country, and the investment must be substantial in an operating enterprise and generate a significant amount of money.
The E-2 could also be granted if the investment could have a significant economic impact in the U.S. In addition, the investor must control the company funds, and he or she must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. More info:
http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/visa/niv/e.html.





Southside Overpass Plan

29 04 2005

A Jacksonville Transportation Authority study recommends $185 million in road improvements at 11 intersections but not the controversial Southside Boulevard-Baymeadows Road overpass.

The recommendation includes building three overpasses and adding high-tech traffic signals and additional turn lanes. It also advises buying land along Southside Boulevard between Beach and Butler boulevards for future upgrades.

The analysis, ordered after prices skyrocketed for seven Southside overpasses outlined in the Better Jacksonville Plan, came out as City Hall updated its projections Thursday to show that the $2.2 billion plan faces a shortfall of $658 million for road projects alone. Earlier this month, the cost of the Better Jacksonville Plan’s road projects was estimated to be short $760 million.

The Southside-Baymeadows overpass was estimated to cost $73 million, the most expensive one in the plan.

The study calls for the construction of overpasses on Atlantic Boulevard at Southside and Kernan boulevards, and where Beach and Kernan boulevards meet. Other improvements, such as additional turn lanes, would be made on Atlantic Boulevard at Hodges Boulevard, Girvin Road and San Pablo Road, and where Atlantic and the Arlington Expressway meet Monument Road.

The high-tech traffic signals would be at three other intersections.

The study encompassed an area bordered by the Wonderwood Expressway to the north, the Intracoastal Waterway to the east, Butler Boulevard to the south and Interstate 95 to the west.

The $185 million in road improvements were chosen from a “wish list” of $677.1 million in potential projects. Blaylock said the projects were chosen because of need and cost.

Jacksonville Mayor Peyton’s strategy for paying for the Better Jacksonville Plan road budget overruns calls for prioritizing improvements and generating additional dollars both from the city and the state. Voters approved the plan in 2000; it also included a new downtown library and ballpark.

Of the $658 million in overruns, $602 million is from escalating costs primarily of land acquisition, and $56 million comes from expensive add-ons, such as additional lanes on Kernan Boulevard.

Peyton’s proposal calls for pooling $350 million from the Better Jacksonville Plan and $100 million from JTA-issued bonds, along with state and federal matching dollars.

Source: Florida-Times Union





New Southside Constructions

28 04 2005

The Bentley at Deerwood Commons, a 200-unit condominium complex, on Deer Lake Drive West at Gate Parkway, on 12.2 acres is under development; agent is Ron Buckley; architect is Rink Design Partnership Inc.; engineer is Prosser Hallock Planners & Engineers; developer is Trident Realty, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Lendry Homes proposes a 52-unit townhome subdivision at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club on Queens Harbor Boulevard between Princess Kelly Drive and Greenland Creek, on 17.16 acres; owner is Robert A. Carithers of The Carithers Co., Ponte Vedra Beach; engineer is Greenhorne & O’Mara Inc.

Park Wood at San Jose, a 10-lot subdivision, 9069 San Jose Blvd. between Beauclerc and Baymeadows roads, 11.3 acres; agent is Henry A. Vorpe Jr.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc; developer is David Johnston of Blue Spoon Digital.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Estates of San Jose, a nine-lot home subdivision, San Jose Boulevard West south of University Boulevard, 3.87 acres; agent is Henry A. Vorpe Jr.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc.; developer is Ginger Soud.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for a six-lot subdivision, on Bentwood Avenue between Pine Tree and Thalia roads, west of San Pablo Road, on 1.4 acres; agent is Nicole Lebron; owner is Jonathon and Karen Mason, Jacksonville Beach; engineer is Connelly & Wicker Inc., Jacksonville Beach.

Conditional concurrency approval and Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Woods of Ortega, a 160-unit condominium complex, on Blanding Boulevard between Townsend Road and Morse Avenue, on 12.34 acres, 100,800 square feet, $10 million; agent is Molly Mason; owner is Skaff et al; engineer is J. Lucas & Associates Inc.; developer is Kendale Land Development.

St. Johns River Water Management District review for The Cove Condominiums, south of Baymeadows Road, just east of San Jose Boulevard, 9.81 acres; agent is Mike Balanky, Jacksonville Beach.

Informal concurrency review for Greenland Farms subdivision, on Greenland Road between Greenland Road and Interstate 295, on 54 acres; agent is L. Charles Mann; owner is Louis Wilensky; 46 single-family homes; file indicates preliminary fair share assessment of $158,064 for road improvements necessary for final approval.

Construction at Merrill Pines condominiums for 16 units, 7920 Merrill Road, No. 17, between State Road 9A and Townsend Boulevard, two stories totaling 19,221 square feet, $960,000; contractor is DR Horton; agent is Raymond Crosby, vice president; owner is DR Horton; architect is Esposito, Cheek & Associates; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.

Engineering site plan review for Gately Ridge subdivision, off Gately Road south of Mt. Pleasant Road in Arlington, on 9.6 acres; agent is Ghyabi & Associates Inc.; engineer is Kloss, Mosley & Associates Inc.; 22 single-family lots.

St. Johns River Water Management District review for Wynnfield Lakes single- and multi-family subdivision, on west side of Kernan Boulevard between Beach and Atlantic boulevards, 166.4 acres; agent is Erik H. Wilson, Hutson Companies; engineer is William Hood & Associates Inc.; site was timbered, ditched and planted with slash pine as part of a pine plantation operation in the 1980s; proposed 372 single-family homes and 204 condominium units.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review at Bartram Park for Summerlin town homes, on Bartram Park Boulevard, just south of St. Augustine Road, 31.95 acres; agent is Brian Garbacz; owner is Beazer Homes Inc.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.; 320 units in 40 buildings and one 54,427 square-foot clubhouse.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Redstone multi-family subdivision, on south side of Beach Boulevard between Hodges Boulevard and San Pablo Road, 22.19 acres; agent is Susan E. Green of Green & Kupperman Inc., Neptune Beach; owner is The Estuary Corp., in care of The PARC Group Inc.; engineer is Arcadis-BHR Inc. (Bessent Hammack & Ruckman); developer is Redstone Southeast, Tampa; 240 units in 21 buildings.

Site clearing for Georgetown town homes, 10400 Brightman Blvd. near Town Center Parkway, 26.8 acres, $2,100; agent is Michael Lash, project manager; owner is South East Development Associates; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.

Site clearing at Bartram Park subdivision for Twinleaf condominiums, 13400 Bartram Park Blvd. near St. Augustine Road, 3.94 acres, $2,000; agent is Mark Major, land entitlement manager; owner is Pulte Homes Corp.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.

Engineering site plan review at Bartram Park Phase II for Hawthorn townhomes, on 35.11 acres; agent is Scott Jordan Lockwood, project manager; owner is Pulte Homes Corp.; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc.; 196 townhomes in 35 buildings.

Conditional concurrency approval for second phase of Peeler Road condominium project, on Fort Caroline Road between Cesery Boulevard and Peeler Road, on 9.81 acres, $4 million; agent is Rogers Towers law firm; owner is Setzer’s 8th Street Corp.; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.; for 36 condominiums in 12 buildings; 176 units in two phases combined.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Hidden Villas Condominium complex, Monument Road between Shadowwood Park and Oak Water drives, 1.07 acres, 14,720 square feet, $1.25 million; agent is Joseph Logan, Logan Engineering Co., East Palatka; owner is J. Patrick Heekin, Nikeeh Holdings LLC; architect is Fred Baruchman and Associates, Woodstock, Ga.; 16 condominium buildings.

Site clearing for Deerbrook condominiums, 7155 Bonneval Road between Philips Highway and Interstate 95, 33.45 acres, $200,000; owner is DR Horton; engineer is King Engineering Associates Inc.

Site clearing for Water’s Edge subdivision, 2633 Cauley Lane between Kaylor Lane and Water Bluff Shores Drive East, 8 acres, $25,000; agent is Douglas B. Register, president; owner is DBR & Associates Inc.; engineer is AVA Engineers Inc.; 10 lots.

Jacksonville Planning and Development Department review for Skinner Nursery townhomes, on Baymeadows Road East between Baymeadows Road and Gate Parkway, on 17.5 acres; agent is Nicholas E. Mousa; engineer is England-Thims & Miller Inc; developer is Pulte Home Corp.; 218 lots in 29 buildings with clubhouse, pool and gated entrance.

Conditional concurrency approval for Hidden Villas Condominium complex, Monument Road between Shadowwood Park and Oak Water drives, 1.07 acres, $1.25 million; agent is Joseph Logan, Logan Engineering Co., East Palatka; owner is J. Patrick Heekin, Nikeeh Holdings LLC; 16 condominium buildings.

Site clearing for Hillcrest townhome subdivision, 8150 Fort Caroline Road at corner of Hartsfield Road, 799,762 square feet, $145,000; owner is Fort Caroline Development Corp.; engineer is CCL Consultants Inc.

Engineering site plan review at Wentworth at Hidden Hills subdivision for seven lots, inside the Hidden Hills Country Club off of Monument Road, 3.15 acres; agent is Bob Klopfenstein; engineer is CGS Consulting Engineers Inc. (No. 57.20)

Construction at Pablo Creek Reserve subdivision for sales office trailer, 5050 San Pablo Rd., No. TP01, 2,135 square feet, $200,000; contractor is CF Knight Inc.; owner is Pablo Creek Reserve; architect is Ebert Norman Brady Architects, Jacksonville Beach; prepared for The Parc Group Inc.

Conditional concurrency review for Losco Road residential, Losco Road between English Moss and Losco Estates lanes, 9.94 acres, 23 single-family houses, $2 million; agent is Emily Pierce; property owner is Charles Losco.

Conditional concurrency review for Parkwood at San Jose, San Jose Boulevard, between Baymeadows and Sunbeam roads, 11 acres, nine single-family houses, $1 million; agent is David Johnston; owner is Ramzi A. Khuri.

Site clearing for The Cottages at G
reenland, 5663 Greenland Road, 38.59 acres, condos, $523,000; owner is The Cottages at Greenland LLC.

Concurrency review for Valencia Village, Pablo Creek Reserve, San Pablo Road South, 30.24 acres, 17 single-family units; agent is Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller; owner is Estuary Corp.

Source: The Times-Union





E-2 Visa

28 04 2005

While the U.S. has made it more difficult for foreigners to visit America following an increase in security measures to fight terrorism, a number of British and Irish citizens have discovered the relatively obscure E-2 visa, or Treaty Investor visa, which must be renewed regularly but allows a visitor to stay indefinitely. Interest in the E-2 visa could boost commercial investment as well as residential, because it requires the user to own a business in the U.S. Some other general E-2 requirements
include: The investor must be a national of a treaty country, and the investment must be substantial in an operating enterprise and generate a significant amount of money.
The E-2 could also be granted if the investment could have a significant economic impact in the U.S. In addition, the investor must control the company funds, and he or she must be coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the enterprise. More info:
http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/visa/niv/e.html.





Reverse Mortgages for Baby Boomers

26 04 2005

Forty-one percent of home sellers last year were aged 55 and older, according
to a report by the Senior Advantage Real Estate Council. The report also says
that the population of baby boomers and seniors will soar 87 percent by 2020.

The number of homeowners aged 62 and older who take advantage of reverse
mortgages is on the rise. HUD reports that more 40,000 seniors obtained
reverse mortgages last year, and Florida ranked second in the nation as the source
for most of those loans.








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