Author Topic: Practically another city has sprung up along Old St. Augustine Road in Jax  (Read 961 times)


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Jacksonville is big, no doubt about that — more than 800 square miles stretching from the Atlantic Ocean almost to Macclenny, from Julington Creek to the Nassau River.

Someone living up on Lem Turner Road, or 103rd Street or the Beaches may never have reason to venture to Duval County’s southernmost region.

But down there along Old St. Augustine Road, almost another city has sprung up in a little more than a decade. At the heart of the growth there is the development of Bartram Park, where thousands of homes and apartments, dozens of stores and restaurants and more are coming. More homes, more stores, more restaurants, another apartment complex, creating its own neighborhood, its own living/working/shopping/dining area in yet another corner of Northeast Florida.

Flagler Center has more than 1,000 acres of offices. Baptist Medical Center South opened in 2005 and has since more than doubled in size.

It wasn’t that long ago that it was just woods and wetlands but mostly planted pines.

Bartram Park, home to more than 7,000 homes and apartments, got its start as Tom Dodson was finishing up his involvement in the high-end, 1,000-home Queens Harbour Yacht and Country Club when he got his first look at those pines.

“I’m in the land business,” Dodson said, “As Queens Harbor built out, I was looking at other opportunities.”

Someone suggested he look at the land the Applebaum Marital Trust owned at the St. Johns County line. The World Golf Village had considered that piece of property before deciding to build farther south in St. Johns County.

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