‘Developing’ news for 5 Points

‘Developing’ news for 5 Points
Nautical motif will welcome customers into a new fast-casual seafood restaurant later this month.

It’s musical storefronts for some businesses in 5 Points.

Next month Fans & Stoves Antique Mall plans to open in a new location right around the corner from its current venue on Park Street. The business, owned by Riverside resident Ruben Escajeda, will be moving into 6,500 square feet of space at 800 Lomax St., where American Access Care of Jacksonville has offices.

Escajeda, who has an option to buy the building in a year, said he is “tired of rents going up all the time,” and hopes to move all but two of his vendors into the new space in April.

Formerly the site of 5 Points Antiques, this retail space on Park Street will be home again to another antiques store.

Formerly the site of 5 Points Antiques, this retail space on Park Street will be home again to another antiques store.

“It looks more daunting that it is,” he said, about the interior work underway. “A few non-structural walls need to be removed, a few others put up, and the terrazzo floors cleaned. Our vendors will be able to bring in more furniture with the larger space.”

Across the street, the former home for 5 Points Antiques at 1046 Park St., will again soon be home to antique dealers. Former Fans & Stoves owner Cindy Barfield, along with shop manager Heidi McMullen, plans to open 5 Points Vintage in the space which was flooded last fall during a roof replacement. The entire building, including 1044 Park St. where Birdie’s is located, and 1050 Park St., location of Wall Street Deli, was bought in 2015 by John Grant-Dooley for $500,000.

“I love 5 Points,” said Barfield, who lives in the neighborhood. “It’s unique, it’s the most diverse, most interesting part of town.”

As 1059 Park St. is being vacated by Fans & Stoves, Miami developer Jeff Morr is in talks with several groups who are interested in leasing the 6,000-square-foot space, for retail or for restaurant. On 813 Lomax St., where Ribault Bakery, Sin City Smoke and Hair Peace have space, Morr has plans to upgrade the façade to create a new storefront.

Morr’s broker, Matt Clark, said the developer is working to finalize plans and submit them to the city’s Planning Department, with an eye toward completion sometime in the first half of 2017.

“I plan on continuing to improve my three existing properties in Riverside but will not be purchasing more properties or bringing investors until I know that Jacksonville is a city that supports equality for all of its citizens,” said Morr, referring to the Human Rights Ordinance.

Space is still available for lease on the second floor and rooftop at the former Peterson’s 5 & Dime.

Space is still available for lease on the second floor and rooftop at the former Peterson’s 5 & Dime.

Meanwhile, renovations at the former Fuel Coffeehouse, also known as Peterson’s 5 & Dime, are moving along. Work is currently being done on the rooftop in the same style as that of Black Sheep Restaurant, but there is no tenant slated yet for that space, according to Steve Williams, who owns the building. Although Hoptinger’s Bier Garden & Sausage House signed a lease for the ground floor, they have not opted (yet) for the rooftop space. The second floor is also awaiting a tenant.

Next door to the future beer garden, at 1043 Park St., plans are underway for Timoti’s Seafood Shak, a small fast-casual restaurant, which gained popularity at its original location in Fernandina Beach. According to contractors working in the 2,000-square-foot space which used to house The 58th Facet, the restaurant will feature reclaimed wood from more than one source, such as a river bed and a 200-year-old Georgia barn. Bryan Poynter, who runs operations of the family-owned business, indicated Timoti’s 5 Points will open later this month.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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