October 24, 2023
The Motor Inn Station Number Two, one of Escambia Countyâ€™s 42 registered historic places and a century-old building, is being restored at 500 W. Jackson St. in hopes of reopening as a commercial development.
The project is a personal one for ParsCo President and CEO Amir Fooladi, who has worked on many historical projects and is also on the board of the University of West Florida Historic Trust.
â€śFor me, I think itâ€™s just a passion for working on restoring the history of Pensacola,â€ť he said. â€śRenovations are fun but when it has that historical element it makes it extra special.â€ť
Fooladi has also helped with recent local developments like the Brent Lofts, Pearl & Horn and Slick Lips Seafood.
The development process has been underway for a few years, experiencing setbacks at times in order to remove outdated and less-than-sound infrastructure concealed within the buildingâ€™s original framework from nearly 100 years ago. The buildingâ€™s portico even caved in from rot, requiring a complete restoration.
Some of the buildingâ€™s original Spanish architecture, such as its plaster and window accents, are still present thanks to efforts by ParsCo Construction and theÂ UWF Historic TrustÂ to preserve its historic features.
In order to reconstruct some of these features, Richard Rodriguez, exhibit designer for the Historic Trust, used 3D-printing technology to make identical models with weather-resistant materials for the buildingâ€™s exterior.
Why is the building historically significant?
The Motor Inn Station Number Two is the latest addition to the National Register of Historic Places from Escambia County. The building was originally called Monks Service Station Number Two and wasÂ added to the register on Sept. 27Â last year at the beginning of the restoration development process.
â€śIt represents a period of early transportation, fueling and stations that you would have seen in Pensacola and the surrounding towns,â€ť said Ross Pristera, historic preservationist at the Historic Trust. â€śEach of these stations had its own brand of architecture to it, unlike the ones today that are just kind of generic.â€ť
Who will be in the new building?
There is no confirmed tenant yet for the commercial building, but there are a few businesses interested in the space. Once restoration of the building is complete, potential tenants will have to work with an architecture firm on the design of the historic buildingâ€™s interior in order to fit its individual needs.
Fooladi says that they will be finishing the entire building including the tenantâ€™s buildout and interior once they have signed their agreement.
â€śThese buildings have potential for new uses for smaller businesses. They offer a uniqueness that other commercial buildings donâ€™t have,â€ť Pristera said. â€śItâ€™s up to people like Amir to find and put the energy into them to make them viable again, people like to see them have new uses.â€ť
Fooladi says that the work to restore the building and keep it historically accurate was difficult, but dedication to the details from local partners such as JRS Plastering, Merritt Glass, Guy Brothers Roofing and Alcala Architecture is making the process successful.
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Motor Inn Station historic building restored for new commercial tenant
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May 19, 2023
As part of ParsCo continuning federal compliance and negotiations, our information technology division is responsible for keeping our company up to date on the latest laws and governance of all DFARS cybersecurity laws and regulations.
Since 2015 we have retained the best legal, accounting and IT team in the United States who monitors all correspondence and IT systems within the ParsCo framework including all incoming and outgoing information.
All communication on ParsCo computer and mobile networks is logged and tracked to identifying sources to protect the Department of Defense, security clearances and our current and previous clients.
What this means to our government clients is that you and all information and communication within our mobile, cellular and computer networks are secured and accounted for. This is especially important for classified data and special clearance projects.
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May 1, 2023
5 Reasons Why You Should Choose ParsCo construction in Pensacola, Florida for your general contracting needs.
Are you planning to build a new home or renovate an existing property in Pensacola, Florida?
Choosing the right construction company is crucial for the success of your project. While there are many construction companies to choose from, it’s always a good idea to choose a local construction company for many reasons.
Familiarity with local building codes and regulations:
ParsCo Construction is headquartered in Pensacola, Florida and has more of an understanding of local building codes and regulations than a company from outside the area. This can help ensure that your project is completed on time and within the legal requirements.
Knowledge of local weather patterns:
Pensacola, Florida, is known for its tropical climate, which can pose unique challenges for construction projects. ParsCo has experience working in the area’s climate and is well equipped to handle weather-related issues.
Access to local suppliers and materials:
ParsCo has established relationships with local suppliers and materials providers. This can help ensure that your project is completed with high-quality materials and within budget.
Faster response times:
When you work with ParsCo Construction, you can expect faster response times than you would from a company located outside the area. This is especially important if you need urgent repairs or renovations.
Support for the local economy:
By choosing ParsCo Construction, Florida, you’re supporting the local economy. Local businesses create jobs, boost the local tax base, and help keep money within the community.
If you’re looking for a reliable construction company in Pensacola, Florida, look no further than ParsCo Construction. Our team of experienced engineers, architects, builders and contractors have been serving the local community for over twenty-five years.
At ParsCo, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality workmanship, using only the best materials, and providing exceptional customer service.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help bring your construction project to life.
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April 19, 2023
By Amir Fooladi, HBA President
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association (HBA), it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Parade of Homes. We are pleased to have the Parade of Homes back to the original time frame.
Being in the spring offers people who are courting the idea of moving over the summer an opportunity to view firsthand some of the product that will be available. With the hot housing market, inventory has impacted the number of entries we have for this yearâ€™s Parade of Homes. However, we are very pleased that this community event is taking place, especially since this is our 64th year.
In terms of cutting-edge technology and features, make sure you see the HBAâ€™s American Dream Home, built by Signature Homes, LLC, in the gated community of Iron Rock, in Escambia County. Iron Rock, a 290-lot gated community offering architectural details warm rustic hues that tie to local elements native to the landscape.
The beautiful Iron Rock community is in one of the fastest growing Pensacola suburbs. Cantonment, Florida is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Pensacola and 30 minutes from both NAS Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola. Cantonment is located in Escambia County, Floridaâ€™s westernmost county at the tip of the â€śPanhandleâ€ť and is home to an International Paper Mill operation.
The private Iron Rock neighborhood will feature a host of amenities with room for future amenity additions as the community grows to its full potential. Enjoy an atmosphere that embodies nature and yet feels like a resort.
The Dream Home is a very spacious 2,252 square-feet, four bedrooms and three bathrooms including a two-car garage with an impressive list of features and upgrades. â€śPensacola Energy Natural Gas Advantage Elite Home features are designed to save money and reduce energy consumption,â€ť said Marketing Manager Jill Grove, of Pensacola Energy. â€śThis has been an exciting project for our team of professionals who were involved in the planning before construction began. We made significant recommendations to develop a customized energy-feature package that will benefit the homeowner for years to come.â€ť
I am very thankful to the team at Signature Homes, LLC for building this beautiful home for the HBA. Also, we could not do this project without the help and support of our Dream Home Donors, and our major partner in Pensacola Energy. Make sure you view the Dream Home Donors list and if you see something you like in the Dream Home, contact one of the donors. I am sure they can be of service.
What are we seeing in the housing industry across the nation? Consecutive solid monthly gains for builder confidence, spurred in part by the slightly easing mortgage rates, signal that the housing market may be turning a corner even as builders continue to contend with high construction costs and building material supply chain logjams. Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes in February rose seven points to 42, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. This is the strongest reading since September of last year.
As the housing industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, recent data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), reveals that first-time home buyers account for almost half (43 percent) of the new home market in 2021, up from 32 percent in 2018.
According to the index, about two-thirds of the builders reported that more than 20 percent of their homes were sold to first-time buyers. Twenty-seven percent of builders said more than half of their sales were to first-timers.
â€śA growing number of first-time buyers are eager to purchase a new home, yet home prices remain a challenge,â€ť said NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. â€śPolicymakers must address the barriers to entry for buyers, such as soaring material costs added to the price of a new home, to keep the American Dream of homeownership within reach of everyone.â€ť
Home builders recognize the variety of factors that contribute to housing affordability. This year, building materials have played a significant role. Lumber prices have skyrocketed more than 180 percent since last spring, and this price spike has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than $24,000 since April 2020, according to NAHB standard estimates of lumber used to build the average home.
The average first-time buyer share has trended upward steadily since NAHB began using the current methodology to measure it in 2016. Between 2018 and 2021, the share grew strongly from 32 to 43 percent. The reason for the upward trend before 2018 is less clear, but declining interest rates undoubtedly contributed to the post-2018 surge. The rate on 3-year fixed rate mortgages in the Freddie Mac Lender Survey declined from over 4.75 percent in October 2018, to under 2.75 percent by the end of 2020.
What is interesting is that this coincides with what we are seeing in Northwest Florida. Land prices have skyrocketed, the hidden costs of housing with regulations and fees have made it harder for first-time home buyers to obtain homeownership. This is why the Home Builders Association fights against regulations and fees that add to the cost of housing but does nothing to protect the health, safety and welfare of home buyers.
If you are in the market for a new home, the Parade of Homes will afford you the opportunity to see homes of all shapes and sizes complete with valued amenities.
I encourage you to visit the homes scattered throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Special thanks the home builders who have entered homes into the Parade including Acorn Fine Homes, D.R. Horton, DSLD Homes, Encore Homes by Parsco, Flynn Built, Holiday Builders, Lennar, Mitchell Residential, Owens Custom Homes & Construction, Inc. and Signature Homes LLC.
The Parade of Homes is brought to you by the HBA, Signature Homes LLC, SNS Realty, Pensacola Energy, Ballinger Publishing, Pensacola Magazine, WEAR TV 3, COX, CAT Country 98.7. This yearâ€™s Parade is set for May 6 â€“ 14, 2023, with weekend hours from 12:00 p.m. â€“ 6:00 p.m., and weekdays 3:00 p.m. â€“ 6:00 p.m.
In closing, whether you are a potential home buyer or looking to build a home, the Parade of Homes has something for everyone.
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June 22, 2022
New RTU unit for Brent Lofts in Pensacola, Florida.
â€śRTUâ€ť stands for Roof Top Unit- an efficient heating and cooling system for homes and especially the commercial spaces.
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