Bass Pro Shops are still on trend at Durbin Park East in St. Johns County | Jax daily record | Jacksonville Daily Record
COVID-19 has delayed stores in Durbin Park East, the second phase of the pavilion in Durbin Park, north St. Johns County, where Bass Pro Shops are slated to open.
“We’re holding back completely until we can get back to normal so we can resume negotiations,” said developer Frank Gatlin, CEO of Gatlin Development Co., on May 19th.
Gatlin is developing the project with landowner Gate Petroleum Co. Both companies are based in Jacksonville.
“Bass Pro was ready to go, but now they have stores to reopen and they’re not ready to focus on our business and close it until all stores are open,” said Gatlin.
“Everyone needs time now to weather this pandemic and move on from there,” he said.
Durbin Park is 1,600 acres, mostly between Florida 9B and Interstate 95 and south of Race Track Road.
The pavilion in Durbin Park is the first phase. It includes 80 acres of usable space and 700,000 square feet of retail and commercial space west along Florida 9B. It features Walmart, The Home Depot, Cinemark, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less, and other stores and services.
Durbin Park East, the second phase, is between Florida 9B and I-95, with a mile front along I-95. It is east of the pavilion in Durbin Park.
A concept map of Durbin Park East shows Bass Pro Shops surrounded by parking lots and other retail spaces. The center is between Florida 9B and I-95, with a mile front along I-95. It is east of the pavilion in Durbin Park.
The following phases are suggested.
“We’re still committed to the second phase, but we don’t know how big the delay is,” said Gatlin. Prospective tenants first open the shops that they closed due to the pandemic.
A Durbin Park East rental brochure dated January 31 and a March 3 flyer available on Gatlin’s website suggested several other notable renters might be coming to Durbin Park East, but Gatlin said those plans were outdated. Gatlin removed the documents from the site to avoid confusion.
He called a site plan in the leasing package “just one of many that we generate every week. It’s just a wish list. “
The flyer revealed that in addition to Bass Pro Shops, Gatlin Development was interested in courting BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sprouts Farmers Market, Apple, Anthropologie, and Ashley Furniture to Durbin Park East.
“The only thing that is real is the Bass Pro Shops,” said Gatlin. “You stay committed.”
Bass Pro Shops is featured as a 100,000 square foot store overlooking Florida 9B that will anchor Durbin Park East. The retailer announced in 2012 that it would open a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World by mid-2014, but that was delayed.
Gatlin said Gate and Gatlin remain committed to Durbin Park East but do not know the timing of the tenants.
“We’re in a wait and see position,” said Gatlin. “We don’t know how long it will take.”
Durbin Park East will also include 40 acres for Flagler Health +, a 150-bed hospital that will be part of a larger health village with medical, service and wellness options.
St. Augustine-based Flagler Health + announced on June 24th that it had entered into an agreement with Gate Lands, Gate Petroleum Co.’s real estate subsidiary, to purchase 40 acres in Durbin Park between I-95 and Florida 9B. The development should take place in three phases.
The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved the use of the land as a campus for Flagler Health + on May 19.
The rental package describes Durbin Park East as an upscale mixed-use project with 2 million square feet of commercial space including office and retail uses; 2,000 residential units; and 350 hotel rooms.
There are also bike paths, lakes, entertainment and green spaces.
Durbin Park East is described as an upscale mixed-use project that includes 2 million square feet of commercial space, including office and retail uses; 2,000 residential units; and 350 hotel rooms.
The county approved the larger Durbin Park area for nearly 4 million square feet of retail and office use; 2,265 apartment buildings; and 350 hotel rooms.
A map of Durbin Park East shows 782,811 square feet of retail development anchored by Bass Pro Shops. It also features an estimated 97,711 square foot BJ’s Wholesale Club nearby.
The map shows 224,500 square feet of junior anchors, 75,300 square feet of entertainment, and 166,300 square feet of shops and restaurants.
There are also 17 outdoor parcels, ranging from 1.06 to 1.41 acres, for a total of 119,000 square feet of commercial development.
The map shows a central parking area lined with restaurants and entertainment options.
The park area includes a show fountain, an amphitheater, an ice rink, an event area and a playground.
It shows 4,016 parking spaces.
Gatlin said these plans are a work product that is changing.
Stephanie McCullough and Kelly Pulignano of The Shopping Center Group are the leasing agents for The Pavilion at Durbin Park and Durbin Park East.
Gate Petroleum and Gatlin Development announced plans for Durbin Park in June 2016, which will be built in stages.
As announced in 2016, the second and part of the third phase of Durbin Park will be a lifestyle center, retailers, restaurants, commercial space, a hotel and an apartment building. The remainder of the third and fourth phases will be an office park.