Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pain Physicians of Jacksonville Moves into Herlong Commons


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Middleburg practitioner Parveen Khanna MD has opened a new office in Herlong Commons.

She is the Medical Director and Owner of Pain Medicine Physicians of Jacksonville. Dr. Khanna formerly practiced Pain Management at Coastal Spine and Pain Center, Middleburg and Institute of Pain Management, Jacksonville, Fla.

Pain Medicine Physicians of Jacksonville offers comprehensive, World Class clinical expertise to provide patient-centered care using innovative leading edge and minimally invasive solutions for those who suffer from debilitating chronic pain from conditions like sciatica, herniated disc, neck pain, low back pain, headaches, joint pain, arthritis and RSD pain. 

She has 14 plus years of experience in Anesthesiology Interventional Pain Management and Pain Medicine. Dr. Khanna is Board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management by the American Board of Anesthesiology and American Board of Medical Specialties.

A Fellowship trained Physician in Pain Medicine from University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; she is also the President of the Indo-American Medical Association (IAMA) of Northeast Florida. Dr. Khanna grew up in India, Africa and in the United States and has traveled the around the world.

Her office environment, located at 10250 Normandy Blvd. Suite 703, located just east of Chaffee Road and west of Herlong Airport, is a warm, bright, beautiful and pleasantly welcoming that makes patients feel better as soon as they enter.

“I understand the impact that chronic pain has on the quality of life not just for the patient but the whole family. Our team is committed to helping our patients by locating the source of pain, manage, reduce their pain and regain their mobility and help live relatively pain free. 
The ultimate goal is to help patients reclaim their quality of life,” noted Dr. Khanna.

Chronic pain is one of America’s largest health challenges and can have a devastating impact on a person’s ability to do every-day-things. Her commitment and devotion to make a difference in her patients quality and functionality of Life makes Dr. Khanna’s expertise and leadership in the field of Pain Medicine all the more vital as she hits-the-ground-running taking this new practice under her wing.

“We are committed to care designed to the specific needs of each patient. We specialize in using a combination of minimally invasive non-surgical treatments as well as other comprehensive treatment options to allow our patients to get back to life sooner,” she said.
For appointments or more information call 904.495.7200 or visit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT: The Bostwick Building to be Renamed the Cowford Chophouse


JACKSONVILLEFla., Nov. 20, 2014 – Transformation is one step closer to reality for one of Downtown Jacksonville’s most iconic buildings.  The Bostwick Building has been a signature part of Downtown for 110 years, but now sits vacant.

“Restoration of the historic Bostwick Building will be another major step forward in the revitalization of Downtown Jacksonville,” said Mayor Alvin Brown.  “This building stands at a well-traveled gateway to Downtown.  Preserving its historic character and returning it to productive use will add real value to Downtown.”

The Mayor’s Office took steps this year to make revitalizing the building a top priority.  Through a partnership with the City’s Office of Economic Development and the Downtown Investment Authority, renovations are moving forward to convert the space into the Cowford Chophouse, located on the corner of Bay and Ocean Streets.  

On Wednesday, the DIA voted to approve $500,000 in historic dollars and up to a $250,000 loan from the Downtown Economic Development Trust Fund toward the $6.16 million project.  City Council must now give final approval.

“The Downtown Investment Authority is excited to work with the partners for the Cowford Chophouse.  This project will provide Downtown Jacksonville with another high-end restaurant, which would allow for a great dining experience.  This new restaurant will be Jacksonville’s rival to such steakhouses as Bern’s in Tampa, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse in New Orleans and Bones Restaurant in Atlanta” said DIA CEO Aundra Wallace.  “Additionally, this project will continue the trend of historic renovation of buildings in Downtown, thus preserving the architectural character of 20th century Jacksonville.”

Jacques Klempf, CEO of Dixie Egg Co., took ownership of the former First Guaranty Bank & Trust in July.  His plans for the building include a modern, upscale steakhouse restaurant and rooftop terrace.  Klempf’s goal is to save a piece of Jacksonville’s history and help stimulate economic development Downtown.

The project will create 55 permanent jobs in Downtown.  Klempf said he hopes the project will be completed by December 2015.

Greenbuild 2014 Delivers Strong Event in New Orleans

Washington, D.C. - (Nov. 20, 2014) – Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the results of the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Oct. 22-24, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendance at the event totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 sf of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.
Greenbuild featured more than 240 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with many sold out sessions. Throughout the course of the week an impressive 37,250 hours of continuing education credits were earned at Greenbuild.
Several high-level speakers proved to be a huge draw within the education lineup, including:

  • Dr. Deepak Chopra, a pioneer and global leader in the mind-body medicine field

  • Rear Admiral  Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General 

  • New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu
“Every year, we strive to bring world-class education and programming to the green building community and maintain the standards that make Greenbuild the most sustainable building conference in the world,” said Kate Hurst, director of conferences and events, USGBC. “With more than 240 education sessions, every member of the green building community had an opportunity to focus on topics that mattered to them at this year’s show.”
Greenbuild 2014 featured several key events, including:

  • The Opening Plenary & Celebration on Oct. 22, held on the field at the Superdome featured an engaging and entertaining discussion with philanthropist Tom Steyer, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and moderator Paul Hawken. The celebration included a special appearance by Ivan Neville and ended with a concert featuring Alabama Shakes

  • The Closing Plenary featured dynamic best-selling author David Brooks, who  brought the house to its feet on Oct. 24

  • The USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon, which annually recognizes outstanding efforts to advance green building design and construction

  • The LEED Certification Work Zone, where participants could get one-on-one advice about their LEED projects from LEED reviewers

  • TalentFX, a place for millennials to gather for career building skills

  • The Women in Green Power Breakfast, which celebrated females who are actively making a difference in sustainability

  • The Greenbuild Film Festival, which showcased films, international videos and documentaries that promote the advancement of the green movement
“At the heart of all activities that took place during Greenbuild, sustainability remained at the forefront of this year’s event and each participant walked away with fresh motivation and inspiration, equipped with the most cutting-edge knowledge in the market,” noted Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild show director. “
Attendees also spent significant time during the week exploring and enjoying the magic of the Crescent City. USGBC Louisiana, the official host chapter of Greenbuild 2014, hosted 16 tours throughout the week, exploring natural wonders, historical landmarks and resiliency in the Lower 9th Ward.
The expo hall again showcased the leading products and services available to professionals within the sustainable building industry and had several notable areas, including:

  • The Greenbuild LivingHome, the first modular home built to LEED v4 Platinum standards that was donated to Make It Right and the Lower 9th Ward

  • The world’s first Net Zero Zone, a 1,500 square foot pavilion powered by solar panels located on Level 2 of the Morial Convention Center

  • Two Expo Stages that hosted relevant and engaging sessions complimentary to all attendees  

  • Nine sponsored Education Labs with CE accredited education on the show floor

  • An art display featuring mosaics made from recycled Mardi Gras beads.
“New Orleans offers a very unique experience for Greenbuild that no other city in the nation can provide,” Roberts continued. “The southern hospitality, culture, history, music, food and spirit of the city perfectly captured the resilience and energy that continues to propel the green movement forward.” 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Single-Family Starts Up 4.2 Percent While Overall Production Drops Slightly in October


Single-family housing production in October reached its highest level since November 2013 while the more volatile multifamily sector brought combined nationwide starts activity down 2.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.009 million units, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

“The rise in single-family starts is more proof that the economy is firming and consumer confidence is growing,” said Kevin Kelly, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “We expect continued upward momentum into next year.”

“The increase in single-family starts shows that the housing market continues to recover at a steady, gradual pace,” said NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “On the multifamily side, production is stabilizing above historic levels as demand for rental housing increases.”

The 2.8 percent decline in overall starts in October was due primarily to a 15.4 percent decline on the multifamily side, which brought that sector’s annual production pace to 313,000 units on a seasonally adjusted annual basis. Meanwhile, single-family starts posted a 4.6 percent gain to 696,000 units.

Regionally in October, combined housing production dropped in Northeast, Midwest and West, with respective losses of 16.4 percent, 18.5 percent and 10.9 percent. Total production rose in the South by 10.1 percent.

Issuance of building permits registered a 4.8 percent gain to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.08 million units in October. Multifamily permits rose 10 percent to 440,000 units while single-family permits increased 1.4 percent to 640,000 units.

Regionally, the Northeast and Midwest registered overall permit losses of 21.5 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively. The South and West posted respective gains of 8.8 percent and 21.6 percent.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rita Williams’ Merchandising Plus Big Award Winner at SEBC


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Rita Williams’ firm, Merchandising Plus, teamed up with their outstanding builders to win three prestigious AURORA Awards and Florida EXCEL Award during the 2014 Southeast Building Conference in Orlando.

Merchandising Plus was included in an elite group of housing industry professionals from our 12 state region that received the esteemed AURORA Awards for new home construction and design excellence throughout the USA during an industry gala.

The nationally recognized AURORA Awards honor builders, designers, architects and other home building industry professionals from Texas to Virginia with projects and homes as far as California, Arizona, Chicago and Minnesota.

The AURORA Winners:

ICI Homes Siena Model Show home at Tamaya in Jacksonville, Fla., was honored for interior merchandising ($300,000 - $500,000)
DR Horton’s Magnolia Model Showhome at Forest Hammock in Orange Park was honored for interior merchandising ($200,001 - $300,000).
Emerald Homes’ Grand Cayman Model at Istoria in St. Augustine was honored for best kitchen design ($500,001 - $1,000,000).

Williams was thrilled for her team and credits the success to the hard work of superintendents, architects, marketing and sales specialists, suppliers and her multi-tasked creative design staff.

“We are honored to be a part of this great home building industry and help build the American Dream,” Williams said. “We work with builders who care so much about the homes they build and it makes us proud to be the finishing touch of what they build.”

Williams and her team returned to the podium during the EXCEL Awards to accept for the DR Horton Magnolia model at Forest Hammock in Clay County. The judges loved the market driven design and salute to the Navy market.

EXCELS signify outstanding interior merchandising and marketing throughout Florida and are conducted by the Florida Home Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council.

Williams is a veteran interior merchandiser who has worked throughout the United States completed award winning projects in Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, California and Hawaii.

Williams was inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame in 2003. A Life Director member of the Northeast Florida Builders Association Board of Directors and the Florida Homebuilders Association she has won numerous local, state, regional and national awards for her work and dedication to the building industry.

Monday, November 17, 2014

ICAA Florida Announces Annual Award Winners


PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) has announced the annual Addison Mizner Medal Awards for excellence in classical and traditional architecture and allied arts.

“We are pleased to honor these great architects, emerging classists and projects that exemplify ICAA culture and excellence in their fine work,” said Troy Beasley, president of ICAA Florida and principal with Beasley and Henley Interior Design.

Those honored by ICAA Florida included:

Residential Under 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Riad Zasha - Boult Residence in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Khoury & Vogt Architects, Alys Beach, Fla.

Residential Over 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Baker Residence in Jacksonville, Fla.
Richard Skinner & Associates Architects, Jacksonville, Fla.

Residential Renovation
Hope Hill Residence, Lyford Cay, New Providence, The Bahamas
de la Guardia Victoria Architects & Urbanists, Coral Springs, Fla.

Renovation Addition
Tres Besitos - Jupiter, Fla.
D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Atlanta, Ga.

Landscape Architecture Addition
Bacardi Estate, Pine Drive - Coral Gables, Fla.
SMI Landscape Architecture, Palm Beach, Fla.

Landscape Architecture Commercial
Zwart Learning Center - Celebration, Fla.
W. Brandt Hay Architect, Celebration, Fla.

Master Planning Mixed Program
Equestrian Farm - Wellington, Fla.
Smiros & Smiros Architects, New York, N.Y.

Emerging Classicist
South Bend Franciscan Noviate at Pier Park, South Bend, Ind.
Geofrey Yovanovic, University of Notre Dame, South Bend Ind.

ICAA Florida Patron Medal
The St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Team
St. Augustine, Fla. 

The 2014 Awards were held earlier this month at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. ICAA Florida is committed to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture, urbanism and the allied arts.

For more information contact Lane Manis, Florida chapter coordinator at or visit

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Developers, retailers to plot expansion strategies at ICSC New York National Dealmaking Conference


The ICSC New York National Deal Making Conference is beginning to rival RECon in its importance to the retail real estate industry. About 8,000 attendees are expected at this year’s conference, which will be held at New York City’s Javits Center Dec. 8-9. The meeting is almost double the size it was last year, with 433 companies exhibiting.

The meeting will play a key role in the expansion plans of many retailers and real estate providers, particularly on the East Coast, says ICSC Chairman Robert F. Welanetz, CRX, CSM, who is global retail real estate advisor to The Blackstone Group. “People are starting to think about strategies for next year and beyond, and it’s a good time to come together.”

Rite Aid is one of nearly 50 retailers grouped together on and around Retailer Row, a destination for attendees hoping to meet retailers. “Retailer Row is brand-new to the New York National Deal Making event,” said Eddie Emeric, ICSC’s trade expositions director. 

“We’ve done it in our regional shows with some success, so we decided to roll it out here. The advantage of it is that the retailers have a place that people can come see them, rather than just trying to find them on the floor.”

Dunkin’ Brands has been attending the New York event for about a decade and is back this year, promoting its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands. “We have most of our New York development team on hand to talk to landlords, brokers and whoever else comes to our booth,” said Rita Fraser, a Dunkin’ Brands senior construction development assistant.

Some retailers will be out in force on the show floor, but without booth space of their own. One of those is Macy’s Inc., which uses the event as an opportunity to close deals, meet landlords and find new opportunities, according to Carl L. Goertemoeller, the company’s senior vice president of real estate. “This is one of only two conventions a year — the other being ICSC [RECon] in Las Vegas — where my entire team attends,” said Goertemoeller. “We wear out a few pairs of shoes each year and move from booth to booth with our development partners.”

The annual New York gathering plays a critical role in Macy’s real estate program, Goertemoeller says. He predicts that the event’s prominence in the industry will increase now that it has moved into a larger, more functional venue. “It will make the convention much more productive for my team and everyone else by virtue of being under one roof,” he said.

Among the companies that are out to showcase their plans and programs at the popular Retail Runway this year are Acustom Apparel, Aldi, Camille Albane, Dessange International, Forman Mills, Hobby Lobby, Lorna Jane, Orangetheory Fitness, Simply Fashion, Urban Outfitters, Vanilla Sky and World of Beer.

Top executives from around the industry will be on hand to discuss important issues facing retail development. Donald J. Trump, chairman and president, The Trump Organization, will be the opening keynote speaker on Monday, December 8. And CNBC Retail reporter Courtney Reagan will moderate a panel discussion with top CEOs including Acadia Realty Trust’s Ken Bernstein; DDR Corp.’s Dan Hurwitz; Federal Realty Trust’s Don Wood; and Simon’s David Simon. In another panel discussion Etienne Katz, vice president of global sales for The Wall Street Journal, will lead a conversation about the properties that are currently taking shape and are of top-of-mind for the industry.

Contact Mike Bonts at or call 904.424/6641