East Nassau Community Planning Area is shaping up to become the heart of Nassau County

The East Nassau Community Planning Area, a 24,000-acre site of prime real estate located along northeast I-95 and Florida A1A is shaping up to become the heart of Nassau County.

Serving as the catalyst for the community will be a new, K-5 public school, which is slated to opening in the fall of 2017 and will welcome 600-800 students in the growing Yulee area of the county. The school is currently in the early phases of design.

The school is the first project for the East Nassau Community Planning Area, a master-planned development designed for a village center, regional center and residences, located about 20 miles north of Downtown Jacksonville and less than twenty minutes from Jacksonville International Airport. This high-profile real estate can accommodate 11 million square feet of office, commercial, medical and industrial use. The development will also house over 7 miles of hike/bike trails.

According to Laura DiBella, executive director of the Nassau County Economic Development Board, “Growth is shifting toward the center and western Nassau County. We see the East Nassau Community Planning Area will be the heart of the county.”

While the school is the first on the scene, the rail-served industrial section, which features a 30-day permitting process, is gaining attention. Current job projections for the East Nassau Community Planning Area exceed 20,000.