Development booms as Durbin Park project moves forward

By Allyson Henning - Reporter, Crystal Chen - Assignment editor/reporter

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Construction is about to begin for a major complex of shopping and dining options in northern St. Johns County.

Located west of Interstate 95 and south of Racetrack Road, site preparations are underway and the landscape has transformed since June 2016, when Gate Petroleum and Gatlin Development first announced the project.

Last week, St. John’s County issued a building permit for Walmart. The 200,000 square foot store will be the largest building in phase one of the project.

Gatlin’s latest layout shows nearly 30 businesses set to be a part of phase one. These includes Walmart, Ross, Petco, Five Below and Home Depot. It also includes places to eat, like Five Guys, Tropical Smoothie Café, Keke’s Breakfast Café and Firehouse Subs.

The Pavilion at Durbin Park is broken up into four phases. Once complete, it will include retail shops, office space, entertainment, housing and hotels. In addition, the 1,700 acre plan lays out space for bike trails, lakes and green space.

Gatlin has not responded to News4Jax about whether the project is still on track for its early 2019 opening goal.

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