3 St. Johns Housing Projects Planned
Mattson, Marcia, The Florida Times Union
Two more developers want to add three more housing developments
to northwest St. Johns County.
"With the World Golf Village opening up and all the employment
opening up, there's a need for housing and services down there,"
said Edward McCue, who represents Cordele Builders.
Cordele plans to put housing and commercial buildings on 152
acres it owns south of International Golf Parkway and west of
The company has not determined how many homes it would want to
build, McCue said.
Also, Atlantic Gulf Communities is planning two developments
totaling about 3,500 to 4,000 housing units and commercial
buildings and recreation facilities on 3,200 acres.
Plans are preliminary, said Tom Gillette, senior vice
The property, owned by Rayland Co., is south of Racetrack Road,
between Florida 13 and Russell Sampson Road.
Most of the land eyed for the three developments would have to
All three have applied to the St. Johns River Water Management
District to establish wetlands boundaries within the properties
-- an initial step toward getting approval to develop.
The most recent applications bring to eight the number of
potential projects that applied in recent months for wetlands
determinations or other water-related requirements.
Also in the northwest, St. Joe Corp. stated in a February
document it expects to start planning a housing development
within a year on 4,300 acres it owns along the St. Johns River,
south of Fruit Cove.
The various projects would fill much of the vacant land south
of Julington Creek Plantation, a massive community with about
1,000 houses that could grow to 4,150.
County Planning Director Scott Clem sees the push southward from
Jacksonville's Mandarin area, along with the strong economy and
low interest rates, as fueling the flurry of plans.
"The timing is pretty amazing, with the amount of development
interest in the county," Clem said. "I think a lot of things are
just coming to a head right now."
And land is available for sale in the northwest, Atlantic
Gulf's Gillette said, noting land south of Butler Boulevard in
the northeast is not being sold.
One of the Atlantic Gulf developments likely would have 1,500
housing units on 1,300 acres. …