1 October Green Cove Springs Prepares for Population Boom October 1, 2018 By Laura Pavlus General 0 News 4 Jax - September 30, 2018 - full feature here GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - The small Clay County town of Green Cove Springs is preparing for a population explosion. The outer beltway project is planned near Green Cove Springs and it will bring more people and more traffic along with it. If you ask life-long locals like Ronald Roberts, they will tell you Green Cove isn’t the small town it used to be. "At one time, I could walk the streets of Green Cove Springs and I knew nine out of every 10 people I met. Now, I don’t know one out of 10," said Roberts. The outer beltway project is one factor. When the new highway is eventually built near Green Cove, it will bring thousands of new residents. Another construction project will spark new growth. The Shands Bridge is being re-built taller so more shipping traffic can come through. It will be a boom for Green Cove’s port. South Green Cove is the likely site for two new public schools in the coming years as well. "If you just look at development on 17 Vallencourt, a construction company has moved their corporate headquarters here," said former mayor Mitch Timberlake. Timberlake, now a city council member, says there is a lot of business going inside the city limits with new businesses, but the majority is going up right outside the town’s border in the greater Green Cove Springs area. "We’ll probably see 50,000 people move into Green Cove in the very short period. It’s not just this area but a big portion will be in this part of Clay County. We’re expecting probably of 10-20,000 people around us in Green Cove," said Timberlake. For Roberts, it just means more change. "At one time there was a mom and pop store on every corner in the city. Now, you can count them on one hand in the entire county," said Roberts. This summer, News4Jax reported on the places where the Clay County school district was considering to build new schools. They told News4jax that Green Cove Springs had the highest need and there are currently three new schools planned for the area by 2030. Related Green Cove Springs on the Verge of Boom Officials in Green Cove Springs are encouraged by the recent news that Vallencourt Construction Co. will move its headquarters to the old Ace Hardware in the city’s downtown from its former location at 1701 Blanding Blvd. north of Middleburg, shown here. Florida's Fastest-Growing Natural Gas Supplier is Coming to Green Cove Springs After more than a year of negotiations and discussions, one of Florida's fastest-growing natural gas suppliers is ready to lay pipe here. Trinity Fabricators of Green Cove Springs Produces Steel for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs company is playing a key role in helping construct a $150 million building on the Southbank in Jacksonville. Solar Farm Set for South of the City of Green Cove Springs A 425 acre Magnolia Springs Solar Energy Center is proposed for south of Green Cove Springs. Florida Power and Light has purchased the large parcel of land near Leno Road and Haller Airpark. Construction of the project will produce 200 to 300 local jobs for the 7 to 9 months construction period. Budding Theatre Company Vying to Purchase Idle Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs Elaine Smith wants to transform the renowned Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs, FL into a venue for actors, playwrights and artists of all kinds. She just has to raise $350,000. Brass Tacks Coffee Company of Green Cove Springs Expands Brass Tacks Coffee Company of Green Cove Springs opens Jacksonville location. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.