Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Doctors Inlet Project on Hold; Developers, Residents to Meet

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Doctors Inlet Project on Hold; Developers, Residents to Meet

Article excerpt

Organized opposition to a commercial development proposal at a

busy traffic intersection in Doctors Inlet has brought the

project to a temporary standstill.

The proposed construction of a shopping center, 350 apartments

and a nursing home on 61 acres at the northeast corner of

College Drive and County Road 220 will be on hold for at least a

month.

The developer, John J. Allen, said Friday he had withdrawn a

rezoning application until after he has met with nearby

homeowners to discuss his plans and their concerns.

"I look forward to listening and sharing and trying to see how

we can work with the community to move the project forward,"

said Allen, president of Vault Investors II, a limited

partnership venture in Jacksonville.

The meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Doctors

Inlet Elementary School on County Road 220, said Faith O'Day,

chairman of the Doctors Inlet/Ridgewood Citizens Advisory

Committee.

O'Day said Allen called her last week to request an opportunity

to meet with the neighborhood planning advisory group and

interested individuals in an attempt to resolve their

differences.

"I'm very much consoled by the fact that this man has come

forward and agreed to withdraw his application until we've met

to discuss everything," said O'Day, an ardent spokeswoman for

community zoning concerns.

The Clay County Planning Commission reviewed Allen's proposal

at a public hearing Oct. 7 and, after numerous homeowners spoke

in opposition to it, unanimously recommended the application be

denied.

Planning Commission Chairman E. Russell Megonegal said Friday

he was glad the developer had agreed to meet with homeowners in

the area before proceeding further with his rezoning proposal.

"I was urging them to do it [at the last meeting]," Megonegal

said. "They've talked with the [county zoning department] staff,

but not to the citizens. I'm just pleased they're doing that.

Certainly, it's the route to go. That's why these advisory

committees were set up."

The recommendation had been scheduled for consideration by the

County Commission yesterday, but was deleted from the agenda at

Allen's request. …

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