Voices carry– Talk of Publix-anchored development rekindled

By Susanna P. Barton –
Resident Community News –

The whispers began last month — several residents indicated that St. Joe Co. and Regency Centers might be taking another look at the long stagnant East San Marco mixed-use development at Atlantic and Hendricks
boulevards.
And of course, anything that includes new word of the long-awaited Publix grocery store in the heart of San Marco Square gets people in the neighborhood talking up a storm.
James Nealis, aide to District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, said Boyer plans to meet with Chris Kuhn of The St. Joe Co. and Tom Fleming from Regency Centers about the East San Marco project in early September. An August meeting was rescheduled, he said.
Statements from Regency and St. Joe have been equally as benign in recent weeks. Following a request for more information on Regency Center’s plans for East San Marco, a public relations representative for the company said there were “no updates at this time.” That was the word from Bonnie Hayflick, public relations director for The Hoffman Agency in San Marco, which provides PR services for Regency Centers. Officials with The St. Joe Co. also were unwilling to share project details as of late August.
Publix Spokesman Dwaine Stevens, however, underscored the grocery store’s interest in the East San Marco project.
“We are still part of the project — but anything further about timelines should come from Regency,” Stevens said.
When first introduced in 2006, the East San Marco project included 57,000 square feet of retail space, 125 residential units above the retail space, a four-level parking garage and townhomes. Construction was expected to begin in early 2007 but stalled after site clearing of property and the advent of the
recession.

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