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Jacksonville city council gives go-ahead for new development in Mandarin

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Updated: 1/15 12:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville City Council nearly unanimously approved a plan to allow construction for a new development at a busy Mandarin intersection.

A Chik-Fil-A, a bank branch and another restaurant are planned for a wooded plot of land on the corner of San Jose Blvd. and Oak Bluff Lane near the I-295 interchange. Neighbors expressed concerns at a town hall meeting Monday about the increased traffic and safety concerns they were worried the development would bring. Councilman Stephen Joost also said muddy runoff from a retention pond near the proposed site into a creek would cause environmental problems.

However, the developer agreed late Tuesday night at the city council meeting to concessions that allowed the council to sign off. Those include: drive-thrus at the restaurant limited to open hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Also, the developer must allow easier access to the property, including a right-only turn into and out of the property and adding a turn lane to keep customers from blocking traffic. Property owners also agreed to not sell alcohol on site.

The council voted 18-1 to approve the plan. Only Joost voted against it.

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