• Proposed land development in South St. Johns County could contribute to exploding growth

    By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Close to 2,800 acres of land could be developed in St. Johns County, contributing to already exploding growth. 

    St. Johns County is the eighth fastest growing county in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The school district needs to build at least one school a year just to keep up with growth. 

    Chris Shee the CEO of Mastercraft Builder Group, wants to develop land near I-95 and SR 207. 

    “That growth is going to continue South in St. Johns County. We have one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and there is a lot of land to be developed,” Shee said. 

    He is also proposing a 95 interchange that would be at the southern end of the development, which would need to be federally approved. 

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    Shee is planning for residential, commercial, recreational space and a school, along with 460 acres he is planning to donate to non-profits.  

    “We would love for this to be a place that provides refuge for broken children, broken families,” Shee said. 

    The development is currently in its beginning stages and awaiting approval. If plans are approved, the entire development could take up to 20 years to complete. 

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