Property re-zonings heat up San Marco development
By Susanna P. Barton
Resident Community News
Several key rezoning applications hit the Jacksonville City Council in late April — including two projects that could help invigorate the northern stretch of Hendricks Avenue.
District 5 City Councilman Lori Boyer introduced ordinance 2012-272 for a PUD rezoning application at San Marco Station during a late April council meeting. A public hearing before the city’s Land Use and Zoning Committee was expected May 1.
The property, under development and owned by local resident Ed Ash, is known as the San Marco Train Station — and in neighborhood circles as the future home Panera Bread. The San Marco Train Station plans call for a 14,000-square-foot retail center, an outparcel and a 1,200-square-foot hexagonal building, as well as space for 80 parking places.
The recently filed rezoning involves modifying the site plan to accommodate a new entrance to the property from Hendricks Avenue, “to permit construction of additional square footage in two new buildings near Hendricks (one being designed for Panera’s), to add additional land and parking on Naldo and to make other changes in permitted uses, landscaping and design,” read a summary from Boyer’s office. Developers seek to preserve the 100-year-old South Jacksonville Utility Building on the property. After meeting with Ash, representatives of San Marco Preservation — which maintains an office adjacent to the site at the South Jacksonville City Hall building — voted to support the application.
There’s no word yet on timing for construction, although site work is already underway on the property.
Additional rezoning legislation came to the city council last month from the developers of 1461 Hendricks, site of the proposed Aardwolf Brewing taproom and brewery. Currently, the property — the old Moyer tile building on Hendricks Avenue between the railroad tracks and Cedar Street — is zoned Industrial Light or IL. 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, according to Erik Olsen, principal engineer with Olsen Associates Inc. Erik Olsen is assisting Preben, his son, through the development process. The building’s 2,000-square-foot showroom on Hendricks would be available for lease by another entity through building owner, San Marco Station LLC.
The PUD application has been filed and a public hearing before the LUZ committee is expected June 5.
Olsen said they are designing two major facility components at this time including the tap room and a warehouse brew area. He does not expect to make any changes to the building’s historic Hendricks Avenue facade with the exception of new signage.
Olsen said the group is ordering brew equipment “which must be fabricated,” he said.
“With the explosion of craft brewery construction nationally there no longer the opportunity to acquire used equipment which normally can be a major time saver,” Olsen said.
While time is of the essence, Olsen said the goal is to get the tap room operational by football season. Aardwolf partners are eager to be part of the emerging craft beer scene in Jacksonville and have gotten great community feedback for the project.
“The amount of positive response that Michael Payne and Preben Olsen have received from San Marco specifically and the beer community of Jacksonville in general has been gratifying to say the least,” Olsen said.
In other neighborhood rezoning news, a PUD to PUD rezoning application has been filed at Old San Jose on the River. According to a summary from Boyer’s office, the request “reduces overall density and would allow development of single-family lots in areas previously identified as multifamily and parking.”