Leisure and active adult community planned for Mandarin | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

After years of planning, nearly 200 acres in Mandarin will be developed as an active adult community and multi-purpose amusement park.

Everlake is an active senior community of 192 units, and Aterro is a commercial and recreational development that will repurpose the enclosed portion of the Sunbeam Road landfill site, including shipping containers for use in the park.

Work is scheduled to begin in the next few months along Craven Road south of Sunbeam Road.

Stratagem Partners LLC, headquartered in Jacksonville, led by directors Jeremy Hill and John Thornton, plans to co-develop the property with the Active Adult Lifestyle division of Dream Finders Homes.

Hill changed the future land use designation and re-zoning the property with a new planned unit development in 2018 after acquiring the property development capability.

The original PUD was 225 acres, including the 27 acres Edgewater at Sunbeam Condominium, which was developed on the west side of Craven Road in 2005-06. The property was sold to develop the 134 unit condominium and was removed from the original PUD in 2006.

The developer of the remaining 200 acres planned additional housing development south of Edgewater parish and planned a golf course to the east on the landfill, which was closed in 1986. The residential area was undeveloped and economic conditions and storm damage interrupted completion of the Sunbeam Hills Golf Course, which is due to open in 2008.

An aerial view of the multi-purpose theme park Aterro.

The Aterro multi-purpose amusement park will initially include a farmers market with access from Sunbeam Road.

Future uses include a dog park; Concessions on the sale of beer and wine; Hiking, running and cycling paths; Event areas; and toilets. Other possible uses include offices and pickleball, Hill said.

The structures at Aterro are built from shipping containers, Thornton said.

David Smith, president of Dream Finders Home Active Adult Lifestyle division, said the 192-unit Everlake community is expected to begin work on site in December.

Everlake is planned for maisonette units along the north, east and south sides of a lake and will include a 2,000 square foot clubhouse with a fitness center, meeting and multipurpose areas, pavilions, a pool, hiking trails, and green and outdoor activity areas.

Deryl Patterson, President of Housing Design Matters Inc. in Jacksonville, is the architect of the 1,730-square-foot duplex units, which consist of two bedrooms, a flex room, and a two-car garage.

Smith said the product is attractive to the mandarin market as it provides a home for older parents who want to be close to their children.

“Homes will be turnkey, with no maintenance and a price in the middle of $ 200,000,” he said.

A farmers’ market is planned for the multi-purpose amusement park Aterro.

Project start-up “took longer than most projects because we wanted to make sure there weren’t any problems with the landfill,” said Smith.

Studies, including Phase I and Phase II Environmental Impact Assessments with test drilling and analysis, have been completed to determine the presence of hazardous materials. ā€œWhen we sell a house, we don’t want a dark cloud over it. We needed 100% certainty that there were no problems with the property, ā€he said.

Smith said the group plans to buy the property from Stratagem in December and begin horizontal construction by that time. He assumes that the houses ā€œwill come out of the ground in springā€.

Everlake is Dream Finders Homes’ third active adult lifestyle community. The others are the golf-oriented Scottsmoor on Halifax Plantation in Ormond Beach and the new recreational and nature-oriented Reverie in TrailMark near St. Augustine.

Reverie, Dream Finder’s ‘flagship’ adult active lifestyle community, will have 550 residential areas with private amenities, including a clubhouse, pool, banquet facilities, pickleball and playing fields, Smith said.

There’s a “bigger picture for the active adult segment of Dream Finders Homes,” he said.

Stratagem purchased the property through Edgewater Jacksonville Investors LLC on September 29 for $ 1.18 million.

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