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What Questions Can We Answer For You?
In order to bring a project from inception
to completion—successfully—every critical
must be covered with as much finality as possible.
Every question must be answered.
With the Purdie Company,
each stage is approached and completed in a way that
no loose ends and no unanswered questions.
What is the Right Property?
Choosing a property to meet a desired
goal requires a certain vision to be sure, but at the
Purdie Company, we back that up with research, analysis
and expert forecasting. In planning a residential community,
factors of marketability, infrastructure and growth
patterns are just a few of the myriad factors we consider.
Industrial properties need easy access to major transportation
as well as sufficient room to grow. When selecting retail
locations, traffic flow, residential growth and area
history are only a few of the important considerations
we assess. We recognize that there is too much at stake
to do anything less than an exhaustive study of each
What Do You Need To Know About It?
A piece of land can be like an iceberg
— with many secrets hidden below the surface.
Our job is to take the time and energy to unearth every
important fact connected to that property. During the
due diligence process we delve into factors such as
zoning, environmental sensitivity, land use, possible
contamination, necessary remediation, even possible
archeological findings. The thoroughness we demand of
ourselves guarantees that you will go into the project
fully informed and prepared for all eventualities.
How Can the Land Be Used?
The plans you have for a piece of
land may not coincide with the county’s Future
Land Use Map or FLUM. This document, required by the
state, projects how a county feels it should grow and
what geographic directions that growth should take.
In cases where a development conflicts with the FLUM
we file a proposed amendment for you. Then we go to
bat at a series of public meetings followed by administrative
review at the state level. It can take up to six months
so patience is required. This is a process where it’s
extremely helpful to have experience like ours on your
Zoning is another very important aspect
of assuring your land project will go forward. When
rezoning is necessary it is usually taken care of at
a local level. It too is a process of filing for the
change, attending public meetings and guiding the application
through the bureaucratic maze. Usually this will take
from three to six months depending on the size of the
How Will It Look?
The more exciting and creative portion
of this entire process is the design phase. Orchestrating
the combined talents of a group of highly qualified
professionals, we meld your ideas and concepts into
a coherent and visible document. It takes land planners,
architects, civil engineers, landscape architects, environmental
engineers and structural engineers to name just a few
of the licensed professionals we call upon to craft
the final design. Each design is a unique and living
thing that will evolve and undergo many refinements
before it is finalized.
How Many Permits Are Needed and How Do You Get Them?
The answer to that question is more
than you have ever imagined. The number of state, county
and municipal agencies that need to put their stamp
of approval on a project can be mind numbing to those
who aren’t experienced. During the permitting
process we keep the duplicating machines busy making
copies of all the detailed plans and specifications
so they can be sent to every agency. This is a phase
where dotting every i and crossing every t is critical.
Again, patience is a virtue because it can be a lengthy
process, however, it is our mission to stay on top of
it throughout. Be assured you go forward armed with
every approval you need.
While there is no such thing as a
typical project, we’ve tried to show you the steps
that can be involved. There may be simpler projects,
there may be more complicated ones. We’re capable
at either extreme.
Once these preliminary steps have
all been completed we can fire up the heavy equipment
and start bringing your project to life. An entirely
new group of professionals will go into action now and
the results will be exponentially more gratifying to
see. This is a point at which time becomes critical
and physical oversight is an absolute necessity. We
make sure that when all the manpower, materials and
machinery are at work, the design plan is being adhered
to and neither time nor assets are being wasted.
The Purdie Company is ideally situated
in one of Florida’s most diverse and fast growing
regions, Duval County. Since consolidation, Jacksonville
comprises all of Duval County and it ranges from wide
sandy beaches on the east to farm land and cattle ranches
on the west. In between is the busy downtown district
situated on a bend in the beautiful St. Johns River.
Almost every month new building activity transforms
the downtown area and after years of migration to the
suburbs, new high-rise condos are turning the downtown
into to an urban residential area. Over a million people
make their homes in Duval County and literally hundreds
move to the area ever month. In the past Jacksonville
has been an industrial center in a recreational state.
It has been home to paper companies, shipbuilding, chemical
processing and a thriving transportation hub. Several
major insurance companies are headquartered in Jacksonville,
as is CSX Transportation, one of the country’s
largest railroad lines. Additionally, it is a military
town boasting two major Navy bases, NAS Jacksonville
and Mayport. And did we mention the NFL Jacksonville
Jaguars make their home here as do the AA league Jacksonville
Suns baseball team
Jacksonville is such a vast area that
there is still plenty of room to build. Entire communities,
such as Nocatee and Julington Creek, are rising out
of the ground every year. The attraction of the beaches
has made Ponte Vedra one of Florida’s fastest
growing upscale communities. Development is also burgeoning
to the south, north and west of town as well. New industry,
both white collar and blue collar has been attracted
to Jacksonville by the abundant workforce and educational
opportunities afforded by the public school system and
the three colleges, Jacksonville University, University
of North Florida and Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
The ready availability of major transportation also
makes the area attractive to new industry. Two major
interstates intersect in Jacksonville, a bustling deepwater
port handles millions of tons of cargo every year and
the international airport has just completed a major
The good news is that Jacksonville
is a fast growing and development friendly town, however,
anyone can see that land is fast disappearing. If you
are contemplating a new project, the time to call the
Purdie Company is now.