Burrito Factory and Southwest Grill opens today
Marianna’s newest restaurant is the Burrito Factory and Southwest Grill, owned by San Marcos owner Alberto Munoz, pictured above at right. The fast food café, for take out or eat inside, is located in the former Old Mexico location across Lafayette Street from WJAQ offices) It opened on Thursday, June 16 at 10 a.m. The manager is Raul Ramirez, above left). Janet Ramirez is the assistant manager. The hours are 10-5, M-F; 10-7 on Friday, and 10-5 on Saturday. The telephone number is 850-372-4121.
Dellwood to get new Dollar General store
The community of Dellwood is the surprising new site of the latest Dollar General store to be constructed in Jackson County. The new store has been anticipated for several weeks but the actual plans were just submitted to the county’s community development office on Thursday, June 2. Before a general development order is issued, the project must be submitted to the Jackson County Planning Commission with a recommendation by staff at community development, and then taken before the Jackson County Commission for final approval.
However, the owners of the Dollar General know the drill maybe better than any other developer around; the Dellwood store would be the ninth franchise store in Jackson County (That’s an estimate; the TIMES stopped counting a few years ago.) The building site is located at the intersection of Blue Springs Road and State Road 69—10 miles north of Grand Ridge. The developer is taking advantage of a great building site in the triangle between 69 and Sweet Pond Road; access to the store will be possible from 69 and the unpaved Sweet Pond Road.
Accordingly, is shouldn’t be long before the contractor, Teramore Developers of Thomasville, applies for a building permit, so the opening date could be as soon as Thanksgiving or Christmas. According to the site development plans turned in to community development last week by Alday-Howell Engineering of Marianna, the Dellwood store will be small compared to recent Dollar General construction projects. The plans call for a store building footprint of 9,187 square feet. However, the total affected area is 35,283 including parking and water retention facilities which could drive the total costs up over the estimated $400,000 it would take to build a 10,000 square foot store.
Teramore Development builds all area Dollar General stores and leases them to DG headquarters in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The 12,480 square foot store on Guyton Street in Marianna was constructed in 2014 at an estimated cost of $650,000. The 8,333 square foot Family Dollar store in Graceville was constructed in 2014 at an estimated cost of $350,000.
Building permit issued for Oak Station Medical Center
Guy Tatum of Marianna is the contractor for the building of the long-awaited Oaks Medical Center. That is according to the Jackson County building permit that was issued on Friday, May 27. The owner is Marianna’s Dr. Murali Krishna Maddipati or Dr. Krishna as he is known to his many patients at the current offices on North Jefferson Street near the Kelson Avenue intersection. Dr. Krishna said last August that the new offices will replace his Jefferson Street medical complex.
Dr. Krishna bought the 3,500 square foot Jefferson Street complex in 2011. He bought the vacant Oak Station parcel from Wells Fargo in 2013. It is located between the west end unit of the Oak Station (formerly a drive through bank) and US Hwy 90. It’s currently part of the parking lot for Oak Station customers. The new doctor’s offices for Dr. Krishna will consist of 3,690 square feet and the estimated cost of construction is $350,000. Access to the new facility will be from the Oak Station parking lot, not Hwy 90.
Dr. Krishna’s plans began in 2013 but were delayed because the shopping center was sold in the process. Agreements had to be worked out concerning a stormwater easement and whether the doctor’s office would be considered part of the shopping center or separately. The decision was made that Oaks Medical Center would be considered a separate entity and Regency Properties agreed to issue it a stormwater easement. The Jackson County community development office and the Jackson County Commission agreed to the development order last August. The building permit was delayed by other issues but finally given to Tatum three weeks ago.
“Chipola River Camping & Water Adventures” approved
The Jackson County community development office issued a general development order last week to “Chipola River Camping & Water Adventures,” a new tube/kayak/canoe rental business located on Chipola River frontage owned by David and Kim Harris. Their property is adjacent to the Magnolia Road Bridge area.
The owners have postponed the project to install RV sites on adjacent land but are going ahead with the water craft rentals. The development order was issued without the approval of the county commission. Approval by the planning and county commission is only required for projects costing more than $10,000, county planners explained.
The Harris family bought the home and surrounding property located on the south side of Magnolia Road just before the bridge about five years ago. Part of their Chipola River frontage is located across the river from the public boat ramp but the estimated 600 feet of frontage also includes a spot away from the public facility. This is where they will establish a landing for the rentals. On the north side of the Magnolia Road Bridge is the landing for Bear Paw Adventures. David Harris explained recently that on busy weekends, cars are parked up and down Magnolia Road from their property. They intend to offer the crowds an alternative site for launching and receiving rentals, a site that unlike the others includes ample parking. The access to their site will be River Chase Road.
Their RV sites may be established in the future on their inland property along the River Chase Road access route.
First Methodist Church Phase II begins
The City of Marianna building department issued a building permit last week to M&W Construction of Marianna for the Phase II continuation of the First Methodist Church renovations. The Phase II work is valued at $352,740, building official Jimmy Grant said Friday.
The three-stop elevator, made locally by Mowrey Elevator, has been installed, the TIMES confirmed Friday during an on-site tour of the progress. Workers with M&W reported that the basement part of the elevator shaft was very difficult to dig due to the hard clay base. And when the hole was completed, there was a big problem with ground water seepage. The elevator has stops at the basement, the first or ground floor and the second floor and is located behind but not part of the new façade being constructed on Caledonia Street. The elevator was part of the $600,000 Phase 1 project which received its building permit last December. Pastor Bill Elwell and office manager Patty Andreu said in December that the total project is valued at $1.2 million.
In other City of Marianna business news, the Jackson Plaza formerly known as the Carol Plaza, vacant with the exception of the City Barber Shop in back and the Laundromat out front, may be getting a new tenant. William Van Doren applied for a business permit from the city on May 27. “B&G Enterprises” reportedly will feature items for resale or liquidation such as hotel mattresses. The city issues certificates of occupation at the end of an inspection process by the fire and police departments.
Also, the manager of the new gym in town, Fit Script Fitness on Kelson Avenue behind Rahal-Miller Chevrolet, told the city commission last week that the business will soon be open 24 hours. The other gym nearby owned by Jackson Hospital and located next to Grocery Outlet also offers 24-hour access. Members are given a key to the facility to gain access afterhours.
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