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Beach Boulevard's Tamaya Development Breaks Ground

Tamaya, a controversial development near the intersection of Beach and Kernan Boulevards, is now under construction. Here is a closer look at the massive project.

Published December 13, 2013 in Development      8 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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A team including a select group of Florida’s largest residential developers has begun construction of Tamaya – an all-encompassing Mediterranean-style community that will inject new life between the beaches and Downtown Jacksonville on one of Duval County’s largest undeveloped tracts.
           
Developers ICI Homes of Tamaya will create 2,400 homes and more than 500,000 square feet of commercial/retail space on 780 acres at Beach and Kernan boulevards for a unique and conveniently located European-style community. Construction has already begun at a Beach Boulevard entrance.
           
The ICI Homes of Tamaya team includes principals Mori Hosseini, Chairman/CEO of ICI Homes, which he founded in 1979 and has grown into one of Florida’s largest homebuilders and developers; James. M. Carr, Chairman/CEO of Devco, who has more than 30 years’ experience in residential development in Florida; and Armando Codina, Chairman/CEO of Codina Partners, a company he founded in 1979 and with a portfolio of properties mostly in Florida.
           
Tamaya will rise between the city and the sea – with a grand gatehouse and entrance featuring a cascading water element. Inside, once past a two-story gatehouse, visitors and residents will enjoy a rich mix of amenities, such as a sparkling lake, a $10 million amenity center with competition-sized pool and cabana, and a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse with ample fitness, meeting and event space.
           
“This will be a place – unlike any other in Jacksonville – where people can live, work and play in a single, familial community,” said Mori Hosseini, principal of ICI Homes of Tamaya. “Tamaya will offer in-town living, with a Florida-European flair that focuses on walkability, ease of living , comfort and style. This is truly something new for Jacksonville.”
           
Convenient to I-295 – and the rest of Jacksonville – the St. Johns Town Center, marinas, The Mayo Clinic and other employment centers, the first phase of Tamaya will begin with 169 customizable, single-family homes in a community for homebuyers that want a high-quality lifestyle and equally easy access to the beach and city.
           
Construction of an entry lane on Beach Boulevard began this month. ICI Homes of Tamaya plans to break ground on an 8-home model village in January and to open them in the spring to visitors and the community.







8 Comments

spuwho

December 13, 2013, 12:20:27 AM
Until Richard Clark stepped in, the master developer for Tamaya was going under and defaulted to their bank and they were going to develop it. He blocked that and forced the bank to get another MD.

But since they relaunched, they have been going back to the city fairly regularly to beg off many of the requirements the city made.

Extension of Alden from Patton Park to Kernan, said they couldn't afford it and that they would have to take park land to do it. Hardly.  Now all the traffic will dump onto Beach. They said they couldn't recover the cost of the roads in the market the houses supply. Also cuts off any walkability access from the Kernan Bike Trail, to Tamaya, and to Patton Park.

There is actually more going on than the picture here shows. They started and then stopped for a period of time with pipes sticking out of the ground for months. Most people didn't notice because they have kept the trees up along Beach to obscure. Now they have started up again in and around the fire station, but again due to the trees being left up, you would hardly notice if you weren't looking.

thelakelander

December 13, 2013, 06:22:17 AM
I noticed in the new site plan that they don't even leave room for a road between Kernan and Patton Park.  I would have thought something like that could have been incrementally built. There's still a ton of roads. Now, they are just reconfigured in a manner where traffic isn't dispersed equally on all the major streets in the vicinity.

fieldafm

December 13, 2013, 08:04:29 AM
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I noticed in the new site plan that they don't even leave room for a road between Kernan and Patton Park.  I would have thought something like that could have been incrementally built.

They were given a deviation from the original PUD to no longer have to build that road.  Meaning, it won't ever get built.  That's a really bad idea when the development gets built out, but Clark is certainly no stranger to bad ideas.

mbwright

December 13, 2013, 08:25:17 AM
Looks like the traffic in the area would be so bad you would never want to leave.  It always seems that if a developer can't afford to do it correctly, they get a pass, especially with regards to infrastructure, and roads.

Tacachale

December 13, 2013, 08:56:01 AM
Are they really trying to sell this as if people are going to walk from those cul-de-sacs over to the commercial area? Too funny.

tufsu1

December 13, 2013, 10:44:18 AM
European style community?

jcjohnpaint

December 13, 2013, 12:33:21 PM
Something Florida has never seen :o

spuwho

December 13, 2013, 07:40:39 PM
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I noticed in the new site plan that they don't even leave room for a road between Kernan and Patton Park.  I would have thought something like that could have been incrementally built.

They were given a deviation from the original PUD to no longer have to build that road.  Meaning, it won't ever get built.  That's a really bad idea when the development gets built out, but Clark is certainly no stranger to bad ideas.

Which means that any family who wants their kids involved in sports at Patton Park, has to get in a car drive out on Beach, to Hodges North  just to reach the park. Which is somewhat ludicrous because the park will be literally behind them, so close you could walk.  If they put up a perimeter fence around the development, that will seal it.

If the developer was so weak that they couldn't meet even the city's requirements, it should have never been built in the first place.
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