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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, May 14, 201905:10 AM EST

Townhome community proposed at Buck Business Park

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D.R. Horton wants to build 83 units north of Merrill Road.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

D.R. Horton plans to develop Deer Run, comprising 83 townhomes, in Buck Business Park in Arlington.

The site is north of Merrill Road, between Fort Caroline Road and Wompi Drive, near the Southside Connector and Interstate 295.

A site plan of the proposed development shows blocks of townhomes with 199 parking spaces.

Marissa Awtry, a representative with D.R. Horton, said Deer Run will start development in spring 2020.

She said home prices are projected to start in the mid- to high $100,000 range and offer two- and three-bedroom units.

Dunn & Associates Inc. is the civil engineer.

Sunny Acres Park is northwest and adjacent to the proposed townhome parcel.

Developer Curtis Hart, of Hart Resources LLC, submitted an application to the city on behalf of Buck Business Park LLC for a large scale land use map amendment to change a 5.58-acre parcel in the park from community/general commercial to medium density residential to allow a multifamily development. 

A companion rezoning seeks to rezone the property to a planned unit development.

Buck Business Park LLC owns the property. The company is led by President Catherine Whatley, a Realtor with the family-owned real estate firm Buck & Buck Inc.

Buck & Buck anchors the business park.

Whatley said there have been potential buyers for park property over the past five years. 

Buck Business Park LLC sold 3.18 acres in December to RaceTrac, which plans to develop a 5,411-square-foot convenience store and gas station at the split of Merrill and Fort Caroline roads.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen plans a 2,265-square-foot, 52-seat restaurant with a drive-thru on 1.23 acres.

“We want businesses to complement our offices,” Whatley said.

The land use change for the Deer Run project will be reviewed by City Council and forwarded to the state for review before it returns to the city for review and adoption by the council.

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