The still-closed exit to eTown can be seen along northbound Interstate 295. There also is a southbound exit sign.

eTown continues to make moves with plans in city review

Development along I-295 making progress on residential plans.
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May. 17, 2018

More eTown and nearby development is surfacing for the more than 1,000-acre project primarily east of Interstate 295 and Florida 9B.

While road signs and public filings refer to E-Town, the project is being marketed as eTown.

The PARC Group is developing the project on land owned by the Davis family.

Among the updates:

• Toll Brothers, through Toll Southeast LP Co. Inc., paid $5.36 million May 1 for 76.7 acres east of I-295 and Florida 9B. It bought the land from Eastland Timber LLC, led by Vice President Jed Davis.

Toll Brothers previously bought 113 acres for almost $4.9 million along R.G. Skinner Parkway from Eastland Timber in February. It is for a single-family community.

• Set for Jacksonville Planning Commission review June 7, Eastland Timber seeks a minor modification for 12.38 acres east of I-295 and south of R.G. Skinner Parkway. It’s called Atlantic Coast Development.

No specific uses are shown in the application, but design guidelines include commercial, single-family, multifamily and townhouse lot requirements. Lawyer Paul Harden is the applicant.

Plans already filed with the city show that 97 townhomes among 13 seven-unit buildings and one six-unit structure are proposed on the site. R.G. Skinner Parkway will be extended as E-Town Parkway.

• Set for commission review May 17, Eastland Timber seeks a zoning exception for multifamily development on 17.58 acres at 11241 E-Town Parkway between E-Town Parkway and Philips Highway. 

The project would comprise 302 units and 500 parking spaces. 

Eastland Timber seeks an exception for multifamily residential with a permitted use. The current zoning is Community/Community General-1.

A site plan shows four apartment buildings, with two on each side of a roundabout. The property is south of the E-Town Parkway exit east of I-295. Harden is the applicant.

• The city is reviewing site plans for the eTown Welcome Center along E-Town Parkway just east of Florida 9B. The almost 4,800-square-foot building will sit on 0.6 acres. England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer.

Also, David Weekley Homes previously bought 111 acres for 143 homesites. The land will be developed as a joint venture between David Weekley Homes and ICI Homes.

The PARC Group created a website (eTownJax.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/etownjax), releasing a few details about the project that is scheduled to open in 2019.

It focuses on technology, convenience and connected communities, but doesn’t provide much more detail.

The PARC Group continues to say that eTown will include, among other uses, single-family and multifamily communities

A St. Johns River Water Management District consumptive use permit filing shows that the 1,478-acre mixed-use project will include 25.6 acres of commercial property along with much of the developable property dedicated to residential use. 

While the bulk of the land is east of I-295 and Florida 9B, there is some eTown property west of Florida 9B.