Baker County industrial park planners expect variance decision soon
Two large industrial parks, which are expected to help accommodate increasing container traffic from the Jacksonville port, are expected to receive a response regarding their variance requests from the Florida Department of Transportation before the end of the month.
The Baker County Press reported on Aug. 7 that developer Roberts Land & Timber Investment Corp. plans to build a 1,500-acre 'inland port' near the intersection of U.S. 90 and I-10 in the west county. If built, the facility will receive containers from the Jacksonville port and store them until their ready for trucking throughout the Southeast.
Another property developer, Jackson-Shaw Co., plans to build a 1,225-acre industrial park east of Macclenny along U.S. 90 to the railroad tracks south to I-10.
The Baker County Press article said that while the county supports the projects, FDOT is concerned about the impact of introducing more traffic to I-10. If FDOT denies the variance requests, the county could 'appeal the decision at an administrative hearing,' the newspaper reported.