North Florida Land Trust receives donation of three vacant lots in Jacksonville

Properties will be put up for sale to raise money for conservation 

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 29, 2017 – North Florida Land Trust has accepted a donation of properties from PHS Industries Inc., the company which owned the property that was originally slated to be used by Google for its fiber-optics project in Jacksonville. The company donated the three vacant lots to the land conservation organization, who will in turn sell the properties and use the money to fund their mission.

“Normally we accept donations of land for conservation purposes, but occasionally we will accept other property if it can be used to generate revenue and does not have any risk or liability,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “This donation is the latter and in addition to the properties, we also received a contribution to cover the cost of due diligence and maintenance of the properties.”

Two of the properties are adjacent to one another on Alton Avenue on the Southside, the third is on Plymouth Street in Northwest Jacksonville. All three are vacant and unimproved properties that are surrounded by low intensity commercial, industrial and residential developments. The properties will be listed for sale by Julie Bohn with Cushman Wakefield.

Google had originally planned to use the properties to house their fiber-optic cable huts or switching stations. Google’s plans to bring fiber optics to Jacksonville were put on hold last year.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a non-profit organization who serves as a champion of environmental protection primarily in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill State Park, Moccasin Slough, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas predominantly in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and other public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.  For more information, visit www.northfloridalandtrust.org.