Development spurs growth along Hendricks corridor

By Susanna P. Barton
Resident Community News

The retail cup runneth over along the north end of Hendricks Avenue, where a new brewery announced potential plans for a San Marco location. Aardwolf Brewing’s site of interest, the old tile store by the railroad tracks on the northeast side of Hendricks Avenue, is just across the street from a burgeoning retail area set to include Panera Bread and other restaurants.
The renewed developer interest in this stretch of Hendricks has local leaders raising a glass.
“It could really activate that part of Hendricks,” said District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer.
She said the building, owned by local resident Zim Boulos and other partners, requires site plan changes to accommodate the pub and retail portion of the brewery. Currently, the property is zoned Industrial Light or IL. Site developers have not yet applied for the necessary planned unit development (PUD) zoning change, she said.
Aardwolf Brewing is being planned by Preben Olsen and associate Michael Payne, former brewer at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. The brewery would be a tenant in the building “assuming all development issues can be favorably resolved,” indicated Erik Olsen, principal engineer with Riverside-based Olsen Associates Inc. Erik Olsen is assisting Preben, his son, through the development process.
If the site receives a PUD designation, the second step in the due diligence phase of the brewery and tap-room development would be to design and price the construction of a tap room and brewery. The third step, Olsen explained, would be to negotiate a lease. All three components would need to “fall into place before the venture is an absolute certainty.”
As part of those plans, the building’s 2,000-square-foot showroom on Hendricks would be available for lease by another entity. San Marco Station LLC, the building ownership group, is leasing the building.
Word of a pub’s interest in the area bolsters retail activity across the street at Ed Ash’s similarly named retail development, The San Marco Train Station. Plans call for a 14,000-square-foot center, and the re-emergence of Panera Bread in a new building on the 100-year-old site. The San Marco Train Station will include the main building, an outparcel and a 1,200-square-foot hexagonal building and space for 80 parking places. Developers continue to look for additional tenants to occupy space at the center. The project’s PUD still needs to get approval from the Jacksonville City Council. San Marco Preservation Society President Doug Skiles said SMPS worked with Ash to come to an agreement about the driveways, parking configuration, location of the new buildings and enhancements to the South Jacksonville Utility Building.

By Susanna P. Barton
Resident Community News

The retail cup runneth over along the north end of Hendricks Avenue, where a new brewery announced potential plans for a San Marco location. Aardwolf Brewing’s site of interest, the old tile store by the railroad tracks on the northeast side of Hendricks Avenue, is just across the street from a burgeoning retail area set to include Panera Bread and other restaurants.
The renewed developer interest in this stretch of Hendricks has local leaders raising a glass.
“It could really activate that part of Hendricks,” said District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer.
She said the building, owned by local resident Zim Boulos and other partners, requires site plan changes to accommodate the pub and retail portion of the brewery. Currently, the property is zoned Industrial Light or IL. Site developers have not yet applied for the necessary planned unit development (PUD) zoning change, she said.
Aardwolf Brewing is being planned by Preben Olsen and associate Michael Payne, former brewer at Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Park. The brewery would be a tenant in the building “assuming all development issues can be favorably resolved,” indicated Erik Olsen, principal engineer with Riverside-based Olsen Associates Inc. Erik Olsen is assisting Preben, his son, through the development process.
If the site receives a PUD designation, the second step in the due diligence phase of the brewery and tap-room development would be to design and price the construction of a tap room and brewery. The third step, Olsen explained, would be to negotiate a lease. All three components would need to “fall into place before the venture is an absolute certainty.”
As part of those plans, the building’s 2,000-square-foot showroom on Hendricks would be available for lease by another entity. San Marco Station LLC, the building ownership group, is leasing the building.
Word of a pub’s interest in the area bolsters retail activity across the street at Ed Ash’s similarly named retail development, The San Marco Train Station. Plans call for a 14,000-square-foot center, and the re-emergence of Panera Bread in a new building on the 100-year-old site. The San Marco Train Station will include the main building, an outparcel and a 1,200-square-foot hexagonal building and space for 80 parking places. Developers continue to look for additional tenants to occupy space at the center. The project’s PUD still needs to get approval from the Jacksonville City Council. San Marco Preservation Society President Doug Skiles said SMPS worked with Ash to come to an agreement about the driveways, parking configuration, location of the new buildings and enhancements to the South Jacksonville Utility Building.

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