Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Building Project in Works at Kernan; Beazer and ICI Homes Start the Process to Develop Master-Planned Community

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Building Project in Works at Kernan; Beazer and ICI Homes Start the Process to Develop Master-Planned Community

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Byline: ALISON TRINIDAD, The Times-Union

Beazer Homes and ICI Homes, two well-known Florida home builders, have partnered to develop a 781-acre master-planned community on the northeast quadrant of Kernan and Beach boulevards.

The project, called Meditierra, would convert the largest parcel of undeveloped land on Kernan Boulevard into a posh commercial and residential neighborhood projected to be built over a five-year span, said Brian Garbacz, land manager for Beazer Homes in Jacksonville.

Homes are expected to sell from the low $200,000s up to a million dollars.

The developers, who purchased the timberland in September, face the first of several required city reviews next week. They filed to re-zone the property -- a mix of rural residential, medium density residential and commercial office districts -- into a planned-unit development. That application will go before City Council during a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Land Use and Zoning Committee will have second public hearing on the re-zoning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at City Hall.

The developers also have applied for city concurrency, which ensures that there is adequate infrastructure such as roads, sewer and traffic circulation available to support a proposed development. According to city records, one of those concurrency applications was initially denied on Tuesday. The developer could appeal the decision or make a fair-share payment of $10.9 million. Another application is being reviewed for a fair-share agreement.

Because both Kernan and Beach boulevards are busy thoroughfares, the developers have said they expect the city will require them to make a fair-share payment to help pay for road improvements to the area. Their proposal also includes a 4-lane extension of Alden Road between Kernan and Hodges boulevards, which would be paid for by the developers.

Garbacz said the area, which is near the Jacksonville Golf and County Club, needs a commercial center to support the residential neighborhoods there. …

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