40 Jobs Will Be Created in Neptune Beach Thanks to Brownfield Redevelopment Project

Jan. 21, 2015


NEPTUNE BEACH – A contaminated site in the city of Neptune Beach will soon be remediated and replaced with viable businesses, bringing jobs and contributing to the economy. This is made possible thanks to collaboration between Penman Plaza Associates, LLP and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Representatives from Penman Plaza Associates, LLP recently executed a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement that will result in full-time job creation in the department’s Northeast District.

Darrin McKeehen, Northeast District’s brownfield coordinator, has worked closely with the city of Neptune Beach to execute a Brownfield Area Designation and Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement at the Penman Plaza site to facilitate redevelopment. Simultaneously, Ashleigh Fountain, Northeast District’s project manager for the site, has been working with Penman Plaza Associates, LLP, to facilitate site assessment and remediation.

“We are excited for these new job opportunities that are coming to the greater Jacksonville area,” said DEP’s Northeast District Director Greg Strong. “Not only are these businesses bringing new economic opportunities to the region, but they are also cleaning up contamination and restoring the environmental integrity of the sites. It is a win for Florida’s environment and economy.”

Ace Hardware has committed to opening a store in one of the Penman Plaza parcels and the second parcel is currently in negotiations for future redevelopment and further job creation. The proposed Ace Hardware project is anticipated to create approximately 40 permanent, full-time jobs.

Established in 1997, the Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Program utilizes economic and regulatory incentives to encourage the use of private revenue to restore and redevelop sites, create new jobs and boost the local economy. Partners in the Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Program include local governments, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida, Inc. For more information about the Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Program click here.

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