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open-air shopping center proposed for Oakleaf

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I guess this is the big mall site everyone has been speculating about. However, from what's been published in the paper, it will be a mega strip center, similar to River City Marketplace.

A preliminary site plan for OakLeaf Town Center, on 94 acres between Branan Field-Chaffee and Old Middleburg roads, was submitted to the Jacksonville Planning and Development Department. The plan calls for 3,585 parking spaces and 36 buildings, totaling up to 860,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, including 40,000 square feet that would be sold as outparcels.

The center is anticipated to open in the spring of 2007.

click on link to see site plan

http://www.sembler.com/synopsisSheets/Oakleaf.pdf

Oakleaf Town Center will be developed by The Sembler Co. (same company to develop the Publix center in Riverside) and will be anchored by a "national discount department store" (Kohl's?) and a "national home improvement store" (Lowe's?). Plans indicate a main-street entrance where pedestrians can walk from shop to shop

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._19792975.shtml

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I guess this is the big mall site everyone has been speculating about.  However, from what's been published in the paper, it will be a mega strip center, similar to River City Marketplace.

click on link to see site plan

http://www.sembler.com/synopsisSheets/Oakleaf.pdf

Oakleaf Town Center will be developed by The Sembler Co. (same company to develop the Publix center in Riverside) and will be anchored by a "national discount department store" (Kohl's?) and a "national home improvement store" (Lowe's?). Plans indicate a main-street entrance where pedestrians can walk from shop to shop

http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stor..._19792975.shtml

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sounds good....

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Not really, from looking at the pdf site plan, its a strip center with a couple of isolated smaller shops near the entrance.

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And another sizable strip mall under the guise of a town center strikes us again.

I must say though, I do prefer them to all cluster together like this instead of just nabbing up parcel after parcel next door to each other.

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That thing looks atrocious. Judging by the size of the parking lot, the planner has a stake in a local asphalt company.

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All that is is a strip mall. It has just become popular among developers to call strip malls "town centers" even if this name in no way resembles reality.

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I agree with Riversidegator ... developers sometimes call their sprawl projects "town centers." Just because new urbanist developers are also fond of that phrase doesn't mean that anything with "town center" will be even slightly urban.

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According to the press release...this "town center" will be located in the Old Middleburg Road/Argyle Road quadrant...when originally...the big regional mall was supposed to be on the opposite side...Arglye/Chaffee. About two years ago the developer had signs posted on the corner of this intersection stating a regional mall would go there but they later took the signs down. I am wondering if we may yet get an actual mall in addition to this strip center or if this strip center aka "town center" is a substitution...??? I had higher hopes :( . Btw, for anyone interested, I heard that on the opposite side...the side with the Publix where the land is already cleared will be a SuperTarget. SuperWalMart is going up now just a little further on down Bran.-Chaffee..intersection of BC and Blanding (just beyond Old Jennings).

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