In a return to St. Johns County, bestbet strategies to construct a poker room and simulcast wagering facility in the vicinity of St. Augustine.

St. Johns County issued a making allow July 15 for bestbet to build a 40,673-sq.-foot facility at 800 Marketplace Push in St. Johns County. 

It is off Florida 207 and Interstate 95 near the previous St. Augustine Flea Industry. 

Bestbet, which operates gaming venues in Jacksonville and Orange Park, operated a poker area and greyhound track alongside Race Keep track of Road until 2012. It marketed that 100-acre web page in May possibly to Gatlin Growth Co. for $16.5 million.

bestbet President Jamie Shelton

“After the sale of the St. Johns County house we earlier operated underneath our license in the county, bestbet has been analyzing various sites in the place and we are now moving forward with our next and latest facility which will be equipped to offer you several of the exact remarkable amusement solutions as we offer you in equally Orange Park and Jacksonville,” bestbet President Jamie Shelton explained in an email.  

“The permits getting utilized for at the county level are component of our progress course of action, and we search forward to trying to keep the group educated as we prepare for the long run in St. Johns County.”

Shelton mentioned the St. Johns County facility would not switch the two now in operation. 

The planned bestbet web site in St. Johns County.

It would sit on 8.27 acres alongside northbound I-95. The property is owned by Marietta, Ga-primarily based Ade 893 LLC.

The Regency and Orange Park areas provide poker, other card games and simulcast wagering on horse and greyhound racing and jai alai.

The St. Johns facility would be smaller than its existing services at 201 Monument Street in Regency and 455 Park Ave. in Orange Park. The Regency spot is 74,863 sq. feet and the Orange Park facility is 100,146 sq. ft.

The News Support of Florida claimed in December 2020 that bestbet’s license to work a facility at the site together I-95 was challenged by Daytona Beach Kennel Club Inc., which owns Daytona Seashore Racing and Card Club.

It mentioned in its challenge that the bestbet St. Johns facility would be significantly less than 50 miles from its place in Daytona Seaside which would “substantially deteriorate DBKC’s earnings-developing functionality.”

The obstacle was denied in January.

Bestbet’s original St. Johns County house will be demolished to make way for the Grand Cypress combined-use development that will comprise a buying centre, retail and cafe space and two multifamily communities. 

Bestbet Regency HQ

Bestbet also is arranging changes to its Regency place. 

The town is examining a permit application for bestbet Jacksonville to make-out its company offices at its Regency region poker, simulcast and racing middle at a cost of $1.57 million.

A satellite impression of the most effective most effective St. Johns space. (Google)

Bestbet wishes to convert 14,710 sq. ft of the 141,174-square-foot constructing at 201 Monument Highway into its headquarters house.

The remaining 126,464 sq. ft would continue being in its latest works by using.

Monument Highway Landlord LLC, affiliated with bestbet, paid out $3.5 million for the creating in August 2011. The LLC is based at 455 Park Ave. in Orange Park.

That is the place bestbet ended greyhound racing immediately after a 2018 constitutional amendment handed by Florida voters.

The amendment established a Dec. 31, 2020, deadline for ending greyhound racing at pari-mutuel facilities, nevertheless tracks started off halting racing in advance of the deadline.

The Monument Highway building’s former utilizes involve the Backyard garden Ridge dwelling decor warehouse and the Pace Membership Warehouse.