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Arlington's Town & Country Shopping Center Gaining Church, Losing Building

The Daily Record
Arlington's Town & Country Shopping Center

Town & Country Shopping Center in Arlington will take on a new look after part of it is demolished at University Boulevard and the Arlington Expressway and another part is leased to a church.

The almost 21,700-square-foot standalone building on the southern end along the expressway ramp is slated for demolition, according to our Daily Record news partner.

“It’s just for visibility,” said TSG Realty property manager Pam Howard. The landlord is Town & Country Shopping Center Inc.

Long-time Arlington residents and visitors might recall the building was anchored on the eastern edge by the Waldz deli and bakery.

Town & Country Shopping Center Inc. applied to demolish the building, leaving the slab. Burkhalter Wrecking Inc. is the contractor for the $45,650 project.

Howard said there are no immediate plans for the site.

Town & Country sits at northwest University Boulevard and the expressway. It was built between 1953 and 1979, with McDonald’s added in 1984, property records show.

The building to be demolished was put up in 1954. The address for the demolition is 903 University Blvd, Units 753-775.

In the building next to it is at 847 University Blvd. N.,  where Legacy Ministries Worship Center plans to lease 35,452 square feet of space.

Howard said the grand opening has been set for July.

Kingdom Builders Construction Group Inc. is the contractor for the project. The group said it should complete the project in three to four weeks.

The city approved permits totaling more than $620,000 for the project.

Legacy Ministries Worship Center Inc., led by President Abraham L. Washington, filed its name in July with the state Division of Corporations.

The annual report in April listed 825 University Blvd. N. as its mailing address.

The site describes itself as:

“We are a group of Christians dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission and continuing the dynamic evangelistic ministry of Apostle R.J. Washington. We’re running with the vision and we’re going to bring forth the victory!”

Pastor Rodney “R.J.” Washington Sr., founder of Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum Church, died in May 2017 at age 54 following a battle with cancer. The church continues to operate at 12335 Atlantic Blvd.

Legacy Ministries has been meeting this month at the Jacksonville Marriott and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.