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Gatlin has retail role in big project near Jacksonville

Gatlin, based in Lauderdale until last year, plans to develop 2.4 million square feet of retail space

July 03, 2016 02:10PM

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Rendering of Durbin Park development

Rendering of Durbin Park development

Gatlin Development, a shopping center developer that relocated from Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville last year, is in a partnership to build a mixed-use development on 1,600 acres just south of Jacksonville.

Gatlin Development and Jacksonville-based Gate Petroleum are planning the 1,600-acre development, called Durbin Park, in northern St. Johns County. Gate has owned the land since 2004.

The Durbin Park property is approved for 2.8 million square feet of office space, 2.4 million square feet of retail stores, 999 units in multifamily residential buildings and 350 hotel rooms.

Gatlin Development will develop and share ownership of the retail space. So far, Bass Pro Shops is the only retailer that has announced plans to operate at Durbin Park.

Frank Gatlin, a principal of Gatlin Development, told the Florida Times-Union that more retail tenant leases will be  signed within the next 90 days.

The Shopping Center Group is the leasing agent for Durbin Park.

“I think it’s going to be wildly successful,” Cliff Taylor of brokerage firm CBRE told the Times-Union. “If you drive that area, it’s primarily grocery stores. There’s no soft goods.” [Florida Times-Union] — Mike Seemuth