Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans Add 4,500 Homes in St. Johns; 2 Developments Would Be in Fruit Cove near Julington Creek Plantation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Plans Add 4,500 Homes in St. Johns; 2 Developments Would Be in Fruit Cove near Julington Creek Plantation

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Byline: Shawna Sundin, Times-Union staff writer

Two more large developments are in the works for northwest St. Johns County bringing parks, schools and other amenities with them.

Plans for Aberdeen and Durbin Crossing include about 4,500 homes, one public school and land for a second public school, several parks, three community centers and two village centers with residential, commercial, civic and office uses within their borders.

SouthStar Development Partners of Jacksonville is developing the subdivisions that would be built in Fruit Cove between Race Track and Greenbriar roads near Julington Creek Plantation. The developments received initial approval from the St. Johns County Commission in June and are now scheduled for final approval at the April 1 commission meeting.

About 35 residents, mostly from Fruit Cove, seemed satisfied with the plans at a recent public workshop on the developments. It was a drastic change from a year ago when many Julington Creek Plantation residents opposed the developer's plans because Aberdeen would have connected to their development via Durbin Creek Boulevard.

But SouthStar agreed to build a new road that won't go through Julington Creek Plantation. Instead, it would run farther east between the two subdivisions beginning at the new east/west connector that SouthStar plans to build and going north through a small part of Durbin Crossing and then to Race Track Road.

"We had some concerns initially, but they worked with us," said Cyndi Stevenson, a Julington Creek Plantation resident. "I'm pleased it'll be a neighborhood that provides amenities and that they're shouldering a significant part of the infrastructure costs. Would we all like for the rest of the county to remain woods? Yes, but it can't so we think they'll make good neighbors."

SouthStar also will rebuild part of Russell Sampson Road and build the first part of the north/south corridor road that county plans call for as an alternative route to Interstate 95.

The developer plans to spend the rest of this year getting the required permits, begin road construction early next year and home construction in early 2005 with the entire project expected to be complete in 2010, said SouthStar managing director Kimball Woodbury. …

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