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Newberry Village

Development plan calls for 730 apartments, retail adjacent to Newberry Square plaza

Alan Festo

Gainesville Sun

A new preliminary development plan for a wooded piece of property on Newberry Road less than a mile west of Interstate 75 has been submitted to Alachua County.

The Newberry Village Traditional Neighborhood Development has been proposed on the north side of Newberry Road directly east of Fort Clarke Boulevard and would have direct access to the Newberry Square shopping area via Northwest 76th Boulevard.

The plan calls for 730 residential units and a maximum of 277,500 square feet of retail and commercial space built on about half of the 87-acre property. The remainder of the property is slated for stormwater management, existing wetlands and tree canopy retention.

The site map shows dedicated lanes for bus rapid transit through a large portion of the development.

Access points to the property shown in the preliminary site map include three along Newberry Road, one on Fort Clarke Boulevard, one on Northwest 76th Boulevard in front of Splitz Bowling and Skate Station Funworks, and one on Northwest 15th Place just east of Legacy at Fort Clarke apartments.

The owner and developer of the project is listed as Greer Scoggins, vice president of development for Atlanta-based Fuqua Development. Fuqua specializes in urban retail mixed-use projects, and its work is primarily centered in and around Atlanta. Its other work can be seen just outside Huntsville, Alabama, as well as throughout Florida in Jacksonville, Palm Beach Gardens and St. Petersburg.

Alachua-based CHW Professional Consultants, whose past work locally includes Hotel Eleo, UF's soccer and lacrosse facilities, and the Alachua County Agricultural + Equestrian Center, is the engineering firm listed on the project.

More mixed use

The Newberry Village development would be just steps away from another mixed-use project along Fort Clarke Boulevard recently approved by the Review Development Committee.

The Lullwater at Fort Clarke TND includes 298 multi-family residential units and about 25,000 square feet of non-residential space — to be located on the southeast portion of the project — on about 25 acres.

The currently wooded property at 1404 Fort Clarke Blvd. sits across from the Harbor Chase assisted living facility and the Paddock Club of Gainesville apartments. It also borders the Eagle Point subdivision to the south and west, and Alachua County Fire-Rescue Station 23 to the north.

A joint venture between Fickling & Company and NGI Acquisitions, Lullwater at Fort Clarke will feature a mix of two- and three-story buildings, along with two four-story buildings near the entrance to the property. The buildings that border the Eagle Point subdivision will be no more than three stories high.

The plan includes 508 parking spaces plus garages with some of the units.

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