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Suburban Jacksonville: Deerwood Center

Baymeadow's Deerwood Center is home to several employers and educational facilities, making it the envy of many downtown Jacksonville advocates. After three decades of being in existance, the development's mature tree canopy, lakes and mix of uses combine to provide it with a different vibe from many of Jacksonville's suburban office parks.

Published May 1, 2012 in Neighborhoods      22 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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Deerwood Center is home to some of the region's largest employers, making it a major employment center and anchor of Jacksonville's Baymeadows neighborhood.  Deerwood Center is served by two major north-south thoroughfares, Baymeadows Way and Bayberry Road.  




Baymeadows Way



Located to the east, Baymeadows Way serves many of the Baymeadows area's major corporate offices and manufacturing centers.


Convergys





The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows serves students in grades K-8 who reside in Duval County.  The school opened in August 2011.

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Mission

The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows will provide students with the necessary tools and skills needed to develop superior levels of achievement. We strive for academic, social and physical excellence by providing a quality and challenging curriculum. We promote positive moral and social values, foster an atmosphere of self-discipline in a safe learning environment, and maximize individual productivity to meet the needs of a changing global society. Duval Charter School at Baymeadows students will be able to maximize their potential for successfully ascertaining their goals with confidence and intrinsic motivation, thereby enabling each student to become a lifelong learner and strong functional contributor to their local community as well as their global community.

What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice, but each charter school is governed independently. Unlike traditional public schools, every charter school must demonstrate success, or it will lose its charter.

The Duval Charter School at Baymeadows is a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools. CSUSA is one of the largest providers of charter school management services in the nation. CSUSA manages private and municipal charters for grades Pre-K through 12.
http://www.baymeadowscharter.org/





Bayberry Road



Paralleling Baymeadows Way to the west, Bayberry Road is dominanted by flexible warehouse and distribution facilities.




Although headquartered in downtown, Jacksonville-based Stein Mart's distribution center is located in Deerwood Center.  Stein Mart was founded in 1908 by Sam Stein, a Russian immigrant who opened his first store in Greenville, MS.  Today, Stein Mart has grown to include over 260 stores in 30 states.




Pella, IA-based Pella Company is a privately held window and door manufacturing company with manufacturing operations across the United States.  Pella is one of the many companies that take advantage of distribution facilities in Deerwood Center.





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22 Comments

Adam W

May 01, 2012, 04:14:30 AM
I've wasted too many good years of my life at various locations in that office park. It was nice to read the article, but it made me a bit depressed, too  :-[

copperfiend

May 01, 2012, 08:53:44 AM
^Adam, same here.

I worked in two of the buildings pictured when they were Citigroup. The building in the second to last photo and the Florida Coastal building with the big ball in front of it. I do miss being able to go out on the deck on a nice day.

fsujax

May 01, 2012, 09:03:48 AM
I worked out there for a summer in one of AT&T's call centers (worst job ever)! I noticed there were limited sidewalks out there and everyone drove to Baymeadows Rd to eat lunch.

finehoe

May 01, 2012, 10:45:26 AM
It speaks volumes that there is not a single person to be seen in any of these photos.

fsujax

May 01, 2012, 10:46:33 AM
maybe they were taken on a Sunday??

finehoe

May 01, 2012, 10:50:12 AM
maybe they were taken on a Sunday??

Even so, are scenes from "The Walking Dead" really something for many downtown Jacksonville advocates to be envious of?  I mean, we've already got that.

ben says

May 01, 2012, 11:14:59 AM
While it definitely sucks out there, if you're into fishing at all, that lake is PACKED with huge fish. Tons. Like, spit in the water, you'll see 2 dozen 1-3 foot long fish rush to the surface. Kinda cool.

thelakelander

May 01, 2012, 11:26:08 AM
maybe they were taken on a Sunday??

A Saturday morning a few months back.

fsquid

May 01, 2012, 11:52:34 AM
It speaks volumes that there is not a single person to be seen in any of these photos.

probably because it is an office park.  just a hunch

I-10east

May 01, 2012, 12:07:43 PM
I don't see why anyone would look at the Deerwood Center as an 'undesirable awful place'. It's just a typical suburban office park that you'll find in Anyplace USA. In fact, I think of it as a 'tranquil clean well kept area' and not a 'dreadful outpost to be banished at'. Deerwood wasn't meant to be a place with sidewalks, and bike lanes throughout; Even if had them, it would be a total waste of money, because no one would be out there using them. This is not an attack on anyone's opinions, just voicing mine, hopefully that's okay.

I-10east

May 01, 2012, 12:08:40 PM
probably because it is an office park.  just a hunch

+1000

finehoe

May 01, 2012, 12:28:26 PM
For those of you not aware of Tyson's Corner in Northern Virginia, here is an overview of the plans to transform it from a suburban office park to a vital, vibrant urban center.  Unlikely to ever be the case in Deerwood, but interesting nonetheless.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/tysonstaskforce.htm

Adam W

May 01, 2012, 01:13:29 PM
I worked out there for a summer in one of AT&T's call centers (worst job ever)! I noticed there were limited sidewalks out there and everyone drove to Baymeadows Rd to eat lunch.

I worked at Citibank and at Convergys. Terrible jobs, but that wasn't due to the location, of course.

On the other hand, I went through a period where I had to commute home from work at Convergys via bus. It was terrible. I had to wait forever for the damn bus and then it took ages to crawl up Phillips Highway. I eventually realised I could get off at the foot of the Acosta bridge, walk to Riverside and get home quicker than transferring to another bus downtown.

mtraininjax

May 01, 2012, 02:57:26 PM
Lake - Fantastic, now we have found what Downtown is missing, a GIANT LAKE with 1-3 foot long fish dominated by sidewalks all around it. If we only had a lake downtown, oh yeah, the people would come, they most certainly would come.

copperfiend

May 01, 2012, 03:44:26 PM
Lake - Fantastic, now we have found what Downtown is missing, a GIANT LAKE with 1-3 foot long fish dominated by sidewalks all around it. If we only had a lake downtown, oh yeah, the people would come, they most certainly would come.

Don't forget the nutria.

thelakelander

May 01, 2012, 04:09:46 PM
Lake - Fantastic, now we have found what Downtown is missing, a GIANT LAKE with 1-3 foot long fish dominated by sidewalks all around it. If we only had a lake downtown, oh yeah, the people would come, they most certainly would come.

LOL.  Keep quiet.  Someone might actually try to pick that up and run with it.

vicupstate

May 01, 2012, 05:23:35 PM
Lake - Fantastic, now we have found what Downtown is missing, a GIANT LAKE with 1-3 foot long fish dominated by sidewalks all around it. If we only had a lake downtown, oh yeah, the people would come, they most certainly would come.

LOL.  Keep quiet.  Someone might actually try to pick that up and run with it.

Maybe Hemming Plaza can be flooded.  That ought to keep the homeless out.  You can't swim and play chess/checkers at the same time.  And even if they did swim in Hemming Pla.. err Pool, they would at least smell better after getting out of the water.

FBC could do baptisms there too. 

To publicize the new and improved Hemming Pool, the mayor could ski on it, just like Tommy Hazouri (or was it Jake Godbold) skied on the St. Johns to prove it wasn't polluted any more.     

I think the idea has merit.

Stephen and Ron Chamblin should take it to the Hemming Plaza committee.     

danem

May 01, 2012, 05:39:38 PM
Yes if only downtown had some large body of water next to it that people would enjoy looking at and/or using.  ::)

On the subject at hand, isn't Deerwood Center largely unoccupied now? I looked around about a year ago, and saw so many empty spaces and "for lease" signs.

mtraininjax

May 02, 2012, 12:07:15 PM
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Maybe Hemming Plaza can be flooded.  That ought to keep the homeless out.  You can't swim and play chess/checkers at the same time.  And even if they did swim in Hemming Pla.. err Pool, they would at least smell better after getting out of the water. FBC could do baptisms there too.  To publicize the new and improved Hemming Pool, the mayor could ski on it, just like Tommy Hazouri (or was it Jake Godbold) skied on the St. Johns to prove it wasn't polluted any more.  I think the idea has merit. Stephen and Ron Chamblin should take it to the Hemming Plaza committee.     

+1

Actually it was Hans Tanzler who skied on the river.

Tanzler's greatest contribution to downtown was healing a sick and neglected St. John's River. In 1968, industrial and agricultural pollution, toxic chemicals and 15 million gallons per day of untreated sewage flowed from 77 untreated outfalls into the river and its Duval County tributaries. The city increased sewer taxes, replaced outdated sewer lines and closed ineffective sewage treatment plants. The mayor celebrated the closing of the last of the untreated outfalls in June 1977 by skiing on the river with performers from Cypress Gardens.

copperfiend

May 02, 2012, 12:20:38 PM
Lake - Fantastic, now we have found what Downtown is missing, a GIANT LAKE with 1-3 foot long fish dominated by sidewalks all around it. If we only had a lake downtown, oh yeah, the people would come, they most certainly would come.

LOL.  Keep quiet.  Someone might actually try to pick that up and run with it.

Maybe Hemming Plaza can be flooded.  That ought to keep the homeless out.  You can't swim and play chess/checkers at the same time.  And even if they did swim in Hemming Pla.. err Pool, they would at least smell better after getting out of the water.

FBC could do baptisms there too. 

To publicize the new and improved Hemming Pool, the mayor could ski on it, just like Tommy Hazouri (or was it Jake Godbold) skied on the St. Johns to prove it wasn't polluted any more.     

I think the idea has merit.

Stephen and Ron Chamblin should take it to the Hemming Plaza committee.     

Build a Bass Pro Shop on that lake and you might have yourself a deal.

finehoe

May 02, 2012, 12:37:49 PM
Tanzler's greatest contribution to downtown was healing a sick and neglected St. John's River. In 1968, industrial and agricultural pollution, toxic chemicals and 15 million gallons per day of untreated sewage flowed from 77 untreated outfalls into the river and its Duval County tributaries. The city increased sewer taxes, replaced outdated sewer lines and closed ineffective sewage treatment plants. The mayor celebrated the closing of the last of the untreated outfalls in June 1977 by skiing on the river with performers from Cypress Gardens.

How much was driven by Mayor Tanzler and how much by the Clean Water Act?  Congress created a major public works financing program for municipal sewage treatment in the 1972 CWA. A system of grants for construction of municipal sewage treatment plants was authorized and funded in Title II. In the initial program the federal portion of each grant was up to 75 percent of a facility's capital cost, with the remainder financed by the state.

lewyn

May 09, 2012, 02:30:15 AM
I worked there for 4 years and even took the occasional bus.  A pretty dreadful place.  The fact that, as one of you wrote, it is a "typical suburban office park" just shows how dreadful the competition is.
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