Chance Partners begins construction for new San Marco housing

Chance Partners begins construction for new San Marco housing
Proposed site plan for a multi-family development on a nearly 7-acre parcel in East San Marco.

The long-awaited construction on the former Jackson Square property – now christened San Marco Promenade – begins this month and may soon be getting a new neighbor.

San Marco Promenade will have 284 apartments in two four-story buildings fronted by a 10,000-square-foot commercial building along Philips Highway. The apartments will include one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rent starting at $1,000 a month. Entrances to the property will be on Philips and Mitchell Place.

Construction will begin on the northern end of the property and is expected to be completed next year. A second phase is planned to the south but details have not been announced.

The 17.3 acres at 2600 Philips Highway was, for years, a Jerry Hamm Chevrolet dealership. In 2008 developer Steven Cissel had it rezoned as a planned unit development for 900 apartments and 350,000 square feet of commercial space to be called Jackson Square, then the financing for the project fell through during the recession. The site was cleared but the project was never built. Most recently the property was used as a temporary dump site for tree debris from Hurricane Irma.

Chance Partners LLC bought the property last spring and announced plans to build a less-dense $42 million residential community with 510 apartments and retail space.

Chance Partners’ principals Judd Bobilin and Jeffrey Rosen have said they hoped San Marco Promenade would be a catalyst for the blighted area and, to that end, have recently released plans for San Marco Crossing, a quarter-mile north of the former Jackson Square property.

New residential use for
under-used property

In January, acting as Chance Olevia LLC, they entered a contract to buy 6.82 acres, owned by Southside Assembly of God. North of San Marco Promenade, the property is bounded by Kings Avenue, the Florida East Coast Railway line, Olevia Street and Mitchell Place.

Chance Olevia plans to build San Marco Crossing, which includes 331 apartments, townhouses, a four-story parking garage and pool. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 and be completed in 2020.

Chance Partners wants to rezone the property from Community Commercial General and Commercial Office to a Planned Unit Development. According to the application, submitted Nov. 10, 2017 to Land Use and Zoning, the project would be designed by Dynamik Design of Atlanta.

Between the two Chance Partners’ properties on Kings Avenue is a Super 8 Motel and Scottish Inns.

A hearing before the Planning Commission is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at City Hall. If the schedule of public hearing dates for zoning holds as planned, a public hearing would be held by City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 13, followed by a Land Use and Zoning hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Chance Partner also is redeveloping the former Commander Apartments and St. Johns Village in Avondale into the RiverVue Apartments.

By Lilla Ross
Resident Community News

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