New townhomes proposed to replace multi-family units on Lasalle Street

New townhomes proposed to replace multi-family units on Lasalle Street
Fourteen townhomes are proposed for a site on Lasalle Street in San Marco. Four of the townhouses will have a waterfront view of the St. Johns River.

The Jacksonville City Council’s Land Use and Zoning Committee will soon hear an application to re-zone a small parcel in San Marco from residential multi-unit dwelling to planned unit development (PUD). The bill was introduced May 8 and a public hearing is scheduled for June 19.

The developer, Corner Lot Development, is proposing to build 14 three-story townhomes on a .78-acre lot on Lasalle Street, where eight detached multi-family buildings (containing 19 units) built in the late 1930s currently exist. The current buildings were significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma and to make full repair of the property, estimates of $1 million were indicated.

The proposed development is similar in scale and intensity to the existing development on the property and the neighboring condominiums and duplexes, and, as proposed, the height of the proposed townhouses are lower than adjacent structures.

The property, which is part of the Riviera Place subdivision, was purchased in 2003 for $1.5 million by RNMB Investments LLC. The current land value is just over $1 million, according to the property appraiser’s website.

The proposed development contemplates a decrease in lot coverage (from 65 percent to 50 percent), an increase in the front yards along Lasalle, an equivalent setback on River Road and an increased setback from the southern property line. The PUD application requests waivers of road frontage for some of the properties, as well as an administrative deviation to allow for the setbacks and lot coverage in keeping with the current buildings on the property.

The developer is seeking a waiver of road frontage for the four townhomes closest to the St. Johns River. To maintain an “urban aesthetic” on Lasalle Street, the orientation of those four units avoids putting garages and parking facing Lasalle Street, thus requiring a private drive. Each townhome will include a two-car garage with access to private drives at the rear of the townhome from Lasalle Street or River Road.

Among Corner Lot Developments’ projects is Green Hills, a Riverside-based subdivision a block and a half west of King Street. The 17 two-story homes are being constructed by John Merrill Homes.

The application is tentatively scheduled for a hearing before City Council Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, and then before the Land Use and Zoning Committee, Tuesday, June 19, at 5 p.m., also in Council Chambers.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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