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Clay EDC Works Vigorously to Maximize ROI on First Coast Expressway Project

Clay EDC Works Vigorously to Maximize ROI on First Coast Expressway Project

Clay County officials and stakeholders will gather on June 23, 2016 to plan for FCX

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Jacksonville Business Journal - June 10, 2016  By Jensen Werley

Clay County Plans for Expressway - Stakeholders in Clay County will be discussing how to plan for development that could come with the First Coast Expressway project.  The Clay County Economic Development Corporation is holding a stakeholder meeting on June 23 to discuss maximizing the return on the $1billion expressway, said Bill Garrison, president of the Clay County EDC.  "We recognize that the new interstate changes the face of Clay County for economic development," he said.  "We want to take full advantage of it."

Much of the development in Clay County is in the northern part of the county, which already has interstate connectivity.  However, St. Vincent's hospital and other developments have already opened near the expressway.  The purpose of the stakeholders' meeting will be to start the conversation of what development around the expressway should look like.  "We have to decide - do we want this new development to look more like Blanding (Boulevard) or like U.S. 17?" he said, referring to how Blanding is more dense and 17 has more landscaping.

"There's always friction.  Developers are resistant to a lot of oversight and structure of how to develop, but in reality if they don't have some level of guidance, they end up with a mess."  The first phase of the First Coast Expressway project stretches from Blanding Boulevard to I-10 and is slated to open by the end of this year.  The second phase will cut through Clay County, connecting I-10 to U.S. 90, and a third phase will span from there to I-95.  

For more information on the June 23 Stakeholders Summit, please call Clay EDC at 904.375.9394.  The meeting is open to the public, but event registration is mandatory for attendance.  

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