Community meeting

Concerned Fruit Cove residents plan community meeting to discuss new development proposal

ST. JOHNS, Florida. – Residents of the Fruit Cove community plan to unite to oppose a proposed townhouse and apartment development in the predominantly rural neighborhood along Fruit Cove Road.

The possibility of new construction is already meeting resistance from many residents of this region.

Many people who live there and who spoke with News4JAX say the county is already struggling to cope with growth.

Residents have created a Facebook page called Save Fruit Cove Roadand they have started a Change.org org petition which has more than 4,000 signatures against rezoning.

John and Magan Hartley say they’ve found their dream home in Fruit Cove, and RISE, a real estate company’s proposal to build new townhouses and apartments, puts their wildlife, peace and privacy at risk.

“We left an HOA community and walked away from this development for that reason,” said John Hartley. “We wanted to be here with our children, our family and nature, and all of that is under threat right now.”

“I think it changes the whole makeup of the area, and in the meetings we’ve had so far with neighbors, the pulse is nobody wants that,” Magan Hartley said. “They don’t want to talk about development. They want it to go away. They don’t want it rezoned.

The Hartleys join hundreds of residents, like Jeremy McAllee, who are against plans to develop 36 acres of land along Fruit Cove Road, currently zoned for rural and residential development.

“The development is just going to bring in more students, more overcrowding and more problems with schools,” McAllee said.

Any building would need county approval to rezone part of the land.

A meeting originally scheduled at the college has been canceled, but a community meeting will still be held on Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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