Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

210's Future to Be Discussed at Community Meeting; Some Residents Wonder How Nocatee Projects Will Affect the Area Traffic

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

210's Future to Be Discussed at Community Meeting; Some Residents Wonder How Nocatee Projects Will Affect the Area Traffic

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Byline: christina abel

Now that two builders have laid claim to about a 10th of the future Nocatee development's 15,000 acres west of Ponte Vedra Beach, some residents might be wondering how County Road 210 and other roads will be affected during construction.

They'll have their chance to ask on Monday at the Palm Valley Community Association meeting. The session is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Blvd., off 210.

An official from the Parc Group, the Nocatee developer, will give a presentation about recent and future progress at the development.

Community Association President Greg Leonard, who travels on 210 at least twice a day, said he hasn't noticed any traffic delays because of construction vehicles using the road.

"It's so early in the process; I haven't seen any real appreciable effect on the traffic," Leonard said. For several weeks, construction vehicles have been clearing the woods along 210 west of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Two of nation's largest home builders plan to purchase as many as 1,500 acres in the planned Nocatee area to build all-inclusive residential communities. They have already bought 800 acres.

The builders, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pa., and Pulte Del Webb of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., plan to build about 3,000 single- and multi-family homes, condos and town homes on the land they purchased in early November.

Toll Brothers, which plans to buy 465 acres of land south of 210, plans to have homes available to the public by spring in a community called Coastal Oaks.

Brian Loftus, assistant vice president of Toll Brothers, said the company will start building in February and some of the homes will be modeled after homes it has built in St. Johns Forest at Interstate 95 and 210, The Colony near RiverTown and Palencia near St. Augustine. The builders are also working with architects to design new town homes for Nocatee, Loftus said. …

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