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Dolphin Dorms plans taking shape north of Jacksonville University

By Karen Brune Mathis, Managing Editor

Dolphin Dorms, the new 274-bed housing development for Jacksonville University students, is designed as a three-wing, four-story project just north of the JU campus in north Arlington.

Landowner Dolphin Dorms LLC, led by developer Wally Devlin, applied Friday to the St. Johns River Water Management District to build a stormwater management facility to serve the dorm.

That application further describes the project as a maximum 70,000-square-foot building on 4.88 acres at 3812 University Blvd. The 274 beds will be configured among 137 units.

Devlin said Monday he had no comment.

Rimrock Devlin Development LLC is based in Lake City. Devlin, of Ponte Vedra Beach, and Micah Linton, of Lake City, are managing members of the company.

JU, at 2800 University Blvd. N., has been expanding its 198-acre waterfront campus. It recently bought 40 acres immediately south of the property.

The undeveloped dorm site, immediately north of JU, is northwest of the intersection of University Boulevard North and Alumni Drive. Devlin’s group bought almost 5 acres of an almost 60-acre site referred to as Dolphin Reef. A JU trustee bought the other 55 acres but has no immediate plans for it.

Taylor & White Inc. is the engineering consultant for Dolphin Dorms. Its executive summary has a slightly different count – 277 beds among 144 units.

Site plans show that a monument sign at the property will be labeled “Dolphin Dorms Student Housing.” Those plans further specify 132 dorm rooms of double occupancy, 10 resident-adviser single-occupancy rooms, one one-bedroom apartment and one two-bedroom apartment.

Plans further show a pool, picnic area, grill, shade structure, bike racks and 150 parking spaces.

JU confirmed June 25 that it would expand north of its Arlington campus by adding a 274-person riverfront dorm to be completed in fall 2015.

Dolphin Dorms LLC paid $860,000 for the 4.88 acres. JU graduate and trustee Greg Nelson, based in Dayton, Ohio, bought the other 55 acres of the almost 60-acre site for $6.99 million. He has declined to discuss the property because of a confidentiality agreement.

JU has been working with developer Rimrock Devlin LLC to develop student housing on the “Dolphin Reef” property north of the campus.

City Council has rezoned the 59.5 acres, once envisioned as a condo project, to permit a mixed-use residential, office and commercial development.

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