Building Something New Together

While remaining dedicated to local businesses

 

 

 

 

Promote

smart businesses
development

Encourage

investment in infrastructure

Champion

enhanced safety and crime deterrence

Support

stronger relationships among community

A New Vision

Together we’ll create a vibrant, thriving neighborhood with walkable retail while positioning San Marco East as a target enterprise destination among our region’s business community.

What people are saying

“I’m excited about all of the development occurring along the Philips Highway corridor—it’s long overdue. SMEBA has been at the forefront in helping the areas transition and is dedicated to ensuring that the momentum continues.”

LeAnna Cumber
District 5 Councilwoman

“Prescott Group is excited to do our part to support the transformation of the neighborhood. The enhancements we’ve made to San Marco East Plaza help Jacksonville offer a unique and dynamic campus complete with increased green spaces, community areas and new activities.”

Jud Pankey
CEO & Founder
Prescott Group

“The San Marco East Corridor offers a great mix of business, retail and growing residential opportunities in an urban setting poised for growth. We’re excited to be part of the San Marco East Business Association as it continues to champion the development of this burgeoning region.”

Jeff Rosen
Principal
Chance Partners

“SMEBA demonstrates the great things that can happen when a group of business leaders who are dedicated to their community come together in common purpose. I’m proud of the work this group has accomplished, and continues to accomplish, for our corridor and for our city. You haven’t seen anything yet!”

Bryan Croft
HC Brands

Meet the founders

Jeff Rosen

Chance Partners

Steve Fernandez

HC Brands

Andy Kaufmann

Jacksonville Icemen

Frank Cofer

Prescott Group

Bryan Croft

HC Brands

Craig Meek

The Meek Companies

Watch What Develops

We are an alliance of businesses, civic leaders and citizens working to uplift the north Philips Highway corridor, known as the San Marco East Neighborhood—a gateway to historic San Marco, the Southbank and other developing downtown neighborhoods.

Walk through the ages

  

1950s
“The Grand Strand” entertainment district

1960
Philips Highway Plaza opens

1970s
Shifting demographics, dwindling traffic

1980s
Market Square outlet mall

1990s
San Marco Development Association formed

2018
San Marco East Business Association formed

2018
Chance Partners begins work on San Marco Promenade

2019
Prescott Group purchases and transforms former Metro Square to San Marco East Plaza

2019
I-95 Overland Bridge / King Street / Atlantic Blvd. /  US-1 Interchange is opened

2020
Chance Partners begins work on The Exchange & Barlow

2020
RF SMART relocates its global headquarters to San Marco East Plaza campus

2021
ALDI opens

2021
Jacksonville Icemen start development of the IGLOO headquarters & entertainment complex

San Marco East Plaza continues its transformation through campus enhancements and improvements

The Barlow and Exchange offer almost 500 luxury residential units

The IGLOO embarks on massive renovations through 2022

The San Marco Promenade apartments will open Phase 2 with 226 new residential units

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