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Vacant shopping center in Neptune Beach could become apartments, retail

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NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. – A Neptune Beach strip mall once anchored by a Kmart could be replaced by a mix of apartments and retail space, according to a report from the Jacksonville Daily Record.

According to plans submitted to Neptune Beach in October, owners of properties along Atlantic Boulevard want to put 313 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space in the aging, vacant strip mall, the Record reports.

The site could expand in the future to 98,000 square feet of retail space.

The plans show the apartments split into four buildings with two retail buildings and space for two carriage-style homes in the current parking lot area.

Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown told the Daily Record that she has just begun reviewing the plans.

“I’m really just getting my hands on these plans, but I can say I’m a little concerned about the density being proposed,” Brown told the Record. “They’re asking for a lot of zoning variances, which we need to review.”

For more on what the plans entail and what the next steps are, see the full article on the Daily Record website.