Northeast Florida Roundup
S2A Modular plans to build its first Florida “mega-factory” in Macclenny
S2A Modular, which makes homes and commercial units that generate and store their own electricity, plans to build its first Florida “mega-factory” in Macclenny.
The factory, to be built on 51 acres in the Enterprise East Industrial Park, will include 13 buildings, totaling more than 240,000 square feet, and will produce 2,000 modules a year. Modules equate to rooms required to build a home, hotel or commercial building. About 250 employees will work there, with 80% to 90% being general laborers who will be trained on-site.
“We’re pretty jazzed,” says CEO Brian Kuzdas. “We’ll be building homes out of the plant by second quarter of 2022.”
Climate and time of day won’t interfere with production since the modules will be built indoors. Once the units are completed, they will be shipped to builders, who’ll place them on a foundation. The structures meet the same standards and codes, and have the same materials and design elements, as homes built conventionally. The company plans to build three to four more factories throughout the state.
- Jacksonville-based Coastal Construction Products is expanding into the Midwest with the acquisition of Sealant Engineering Construction Supply in Illinois. The company has 16 locations in the Southeast, Latin America and the Caribbean.
- St. Johns County opened Tocoi Creek High this fall off SR 16 to accommodate overcrowding in the district. The county’s population increased 43.9% between 2010 and 2020.
- Construction has begun on a $25-million public safety building at the University of Florida. The 50,000-sq.-ft., three-story facility will unite departments that are currently spread across five buildings on campus.
- Edward Waters University has received $500,000 from the National Park Service to restore its historic library. Built in 1916, Centennial Hall is the oldest building on the historically black college campus.
- Work has started on Jacksonville’s Emerald Trail Project, which includes 30 miles of trails, parks and greenways that connect 14 historic neighborhoods with downtown and the St. Johns River, along with its tributaries McCoys and Hogans creeks.
- The North Florida Land Trust has acquired 119 acres in Bradford County west of Camp Blanding. The conservation easement, purchased with funds from the USDA’s National Resources Conservation Program, the Agricultural Land Easement Program and the Florida Defense Support Task Force, protects Camp Blanding from encroachment. The acreage will continue to be used for agriculture.
- Guidewell Mutual Holding, the parent company of Florida Blue, has acquired Triple-S Management for $900 million. The insurance holding company has more than 1 million customers in Puerto Rico.
- Encompass Health has secured permits to build a 52,075-sq.-ft., 50-bed rehabilitation center in Jacksonville’s Deerwood Park.
- Mayo Clinic plans to build an $8-million addition to its emergency services building, which will add 14 patient rooms and 10 shortstay, hybrid-care rooms.
- Baptist Health will renovate its adult and cardiac rehabilitation facilities at a cost of $1.1 million.
- Sababa, a Mediterranean restaurant in Gainesville, has eliminated tipping and increased the staff’s wages to $15 per hour.
- St. Johns County Commission has approved plans for an affordable housing project on SR 207. The complex, called Victoria Crossing, will provide 100 units for low-to-moderate income families.
- Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority has approved plans and $30.8 million in incentives for the redevelopment of the former Florida Times-Union building. The $182-million, mixed-use One Riverside Avenue Project will include 380 apartment units, 48,000 square feet of retail space and a 22,000-sq.-ft. grocery store.
- The Town & Country Shopping Center, built in 1953 in Jacksonville’s Arlington neighborhood, is being renovated by JWB Real Estate Capital at a cost of $25 million. The 18-acre property, renamed College Park, will include a supermarket-anchored shopping center, restaurants, retail shops, offices and two apartment buildings.
- The World Equestrian Center has purchased the Ocala Jockey Club for $10.5 million. The new owners plan to renovate the 1,000- acre facility to host weddings and equestrian-related events.
- The Surface Transportation Board has accepted CSX’s application to acquire Pan-Am Railways. The regulator plans to make a final decision on the proposed merger in April.
- After a seven-year hiatus, Jacksonville International Airport will offer three weekly direct flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, through Frontier Airlines.
- St. Johns County Airport Authority has received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service to secure non-stop service from St. Augustine to Charlotte, N.C.
- The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has chosen Balfour Beatty Construction to design, build and operate its Innovation Corridor, a three-mile stretch of Bay Street that will be the first phase of its autonomous vehicle system.
Read more in Florida Trend's November issue.
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