BCDC, Ventures Development Group Break Ground on St. Johns River Apartment Community

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Ventures Development Group and Batson-Cook Development Company (BCDC) have closed on the land and the financing for a 185-unit luxury apartment community on the southern bank of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla.

The 2.9-acre site at 841 Prudential Drive is next to Jacksonville's medical campus, including Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Wolfson Children's Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. The signature amenity will be an elevated, resort-style pool and deck on the third floor overlooking the river with sweeping views of downtown.

 "We are excited to continue our partnership with Batson-Cook Development Company as we start construction on our Southbank project," said Rob McConnell, Principal, Ventures Development Group. "This is an incredible location in a great city that has a lot to offer from jobs to entertainment and dining to unparalleled outdoor recreational spaces."

The property will feature a clubroom with multiple lounge areas, a demonstration-style kitchen, green space with a playground and a dog park and secure parking with direct access to the building. The community sits on the expansive Riverwalk trail system along the St. Johns River.

"We are very pleased to join with Ventures Development Group in bringing a unique and exciting multi-family project to Jacksonville," said Litt Glover, President and CEO, BCDC. "This is a strong and growing market, with a lot of opportunities, especially in this location."

This is the second project for the joint-venture partnership, following an under-construction 270-home apartment community in metro Dallas.

Cadence Bank provided the senior loan and Nationwide Realty Investors provided preferred equity. Ventures Development Group and BCDC are co-sponsors. Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group assisted with sourcing the debt and equity. Erik Bjornson and Tyler Nilsson with Newmark Knight Frank were the land brokers.

Niles Bolton is the architect and Summit Contracting Group is the general contractor. The project is expected to welcome residents in early 2022.