9 July Clay Recieves $2M for Road to Future Industrial Park Directly Adjacent to First Coast Expressway July 9, 2018 By Laura Pavlus News Challenger Center, First Coast Expressway, FCE, Atlantis Drive, Florida Job Growth Grant Fund 0 State Gives Clay County $2M For Road To Future Industrial Park Directly Adjacent to First Coast Expressway- July 3, 2018 - by Lindsey Kilbride - WJCT - full article here This week Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced $16 million for projects meant to aid cities with job growth. Of that, Clay County is getting $2.06 million to build a road. Clay’s is one of six projects winning the final awards from an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which was divvied out all year. Clay County Commission Chair Gavin Rollins said the project will help build a roadway called Atlantis Drive, which will be near the under-construction First Coast Expressway, which will start (at I-10) in Duval, travel through Clay and end (at I-95) in St. Johns County. The new Atlantis Drive will extend east from Trail Ridge Road. Rollins said aside from alleviating congestion, the goal is for Atlantis Drive to lead to a not-yet-developed industrial park known as the Challenger Center. “We’re really hoping for the job creation right off of First Coast Expressway,” he said. Rollins said the group of people who own the property say they’ve been approached by a number of businesses interested in partnering. He said although he personally would like to see aviation and military-related industries in the park, any industry creating high-wage jobs would be great. “Clay County has always been known as a great place to live and raise a family, but we also want it to be a place where people can work and make a living to raise their family without having to necessarily commute somewhere else,” he said. According to the project proposal, Clay will be matching the state grant with $1 million. The total road project cost is estimated to be just over $ 3 million. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had received more than 250 proposals requesting more than $877 million in funding. In February, Scott announced in Jacksonville the state approved $6 million to build a 1.5-mile road at Cecil Commerce Center on the Westside. Read more about the First Coast Expressway here. Read more about Challenger Center here. Related First Coast Expressway-Connecting Our Community By the end of 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation will finish buying the right of way needed to begin construction on the second segment of the $2.4 billion roadway that will, when completed, connect Interstate 10 in Duval County to Interstate 95 in St. Johns County. The majority of the 46-mile roadway will run through Clay County, the largest county in Florida without an interstate. FDOT Officials Stated Publicly That Construction of the Second Phase of the First Coast Expressway Will Begin in Early 2019 Florida Department of Transportation officials said publicly Monday that construction of the second phase of the First Coast Expressway will begin in early 2019 and take three years to build. Clay EDC Works Vigorously to Maximize ROI on First Coast Expressway Project Clay EDC is working vigorously to draw community leaders and stakeholders together to systematically maximize the return on investment of the First Coast Expressway. Final Phase of First Coast Expressway is Now Fully Funded GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced $763 million in funding for the Phase 3 of the First Coast Expressway project through the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Work Program. This investment includes funding for the replacement of the Shands Bridge and extension of the First Coast Expressway to I-95 in St. Johns County and is the final phase of the $1.9 billion project. New Co-working Space Opens in Orange Park of Clay County off of Kingsley and Park Avenues A new co-working space has opened up in Orange Park off of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (US-17). Clay Future Could Be in Manufacturing Clay County officials have been told they should focus on luring manufacturing jobs here, according to a consultant hired to develop a strategic plan for economic development. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.