An exciting project is under way in northern St. Johns County, near the home of La Fontana. For the first time, a large retail center is being developed to serve the county and its residents. For people who like their shopping close and restaurants closer, this new retail district is a welcome addition. The new development, named Durbin Park, will rival many of the most popular shopping and dining districts in Florida.

The need for the center has become clear over recent years. The population is growing, with people attracted to St. Johns County for its excellent schools and good jobs, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. In fact, there were more than 3,300 new residents on the labor rolls at the end of 2016 versus 2015.  Additional attractions include great weather, beaches, nature preserves, historical sites, golfing and recreation.  In short, it’s an area with all the amenities people seek when choosing a Florida lifestyle. The new Durbin Park will boost shopping convenience for residents’ way of life.

In Phase I of the project, Wal-Mart and Home Depot have committed to building in Durbin Park. That phase is designed for 2.4 million square feet of retail space, 2.8 million square feet of office space, 350 hotel rooms and nearly 1,000 housing units. Phase II will bring Bass Pro Shops on board for starters. All along the way, restaurants, galleries, department and specialty stores and entertainment venues will join the anchors. Once build-out is well under way, it’s expected that Durbin Park will be one of the most popular shopping destinations in the state. Openings are planned for 2018 – 2019.

Want to learn more? Watch for news updates about the project. Be sure to come visit us at La Fontana. Call 904-460-2938 or text 904-254-8129 or click www.LaFontanaFL.com to schedule a tour today.