Sawgrass Village


ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller are the planners, architects, and landscape architects for the urban redevelopment of Sawgrass Village, completing the long-awaited transformation of the tired 1980s vintage shopping center into the retail, restaurant, and civic centerpiece of the community. ELM has set a transformative vision for Sawgrass Village as the “Heart of Ponte Vedra Beach,” leading the project’s planning and design, including robust community involvement.

The site is well-positioned in the affluent beachfront community of Ponte Vedra Beach and is at the “front door” of the headquarters of the PGA Tour and the Players Championship, one of professional golf’s biggest tournaments.  When complete, ELM’s plan will transform Sawgrass Village into an energetic, pedestrian-rich commercial environment, just as Ponte Vedra Beach has transformed into one of the Southeastern United States’ most desirable oceanfront communities.


Arris Realty Partners



Mixed-Use Master Planning and Design

Resort Retail Development


Landscape Architecture

Approvals and Entitlements

Community Engagement

Construction Observation

We looked at Sawgrass Village from a master planning perspective, creating major meaningful improvements in the first phase with better circulation and a more desirable pedestrian-friendly streetscape environment. Shopping has evolved into a form of entertainment, and the old facility wasn’t a place that attracted people – where they wanted to spend their time. The quality of Sawgrass Village has improved significantly just by what’s been done in Phase I, and the framework is now in place to create a world-class retail and restaurant destination in Phase II.
— Russ Ervin, ELM founding partner and Sawgrass redevelopment lead designer



Jacksonville Business Journal

Second phase of Sawgrass Village to include Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Jacksonville Business Journal

New Publix concept opens as anchor at Sawgrass Village


Jacksonville Business Journal

Ben Carter revives Sawgrass Village project in Ponte Vedra


ELM Project Leadership

Project Team

ELM — Planner, Architect and Landscape Architect

England-Thims & Miller — Civil Engineer

Atlantic Engineering Services — Structural Engineer

TLC Engineering for Architecture — Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer

Hawkins Construction, Inc. — Contractor


Project Timeline:

  • Total Project                             151,000 sq ft
  • Phase I
  • Publix                                  49,000 sq ft
  • CVS                                      13,000 sq ft
  • Retail & Restaurant           31,000 sq ft
  • Jan. 12, 2013 – Closing of Publix kicked off construction
  • July 2013 – CVS moved to new location; demolition on old CVS building began
  • Oct. 2013 – Publix opened in new location
  • Improved more than 10,000 sq ft of retail behind Publix
  • Created more than 18,000 sq ft of new retail space along Village Main Street to connect Publix with newly renovated Caffé Andiamo restaurant
  • Provided space for lakefront retailers to relocate before Phase II demolition began
  • Phase II
  • Retail                    45,000 sq ft
  • Restaurant           12,000 sq ft
  • Feb. 2015 – Began construction; demolition of office buildings & lakefront shops; site work enhancements on Village Main Street; 12,000 sq ft Building E on Main Street completed & tenant buildouts began
  • Oct. 2015 – Aqua Grill opened in new 5,000 sq ft location – only closed temporarily to move
  • Early 2016 – Construction began on Nona Blue “modern tavern” – founded by PGA TOUR Golfer Graeme McDowell
  • Summer 2016 – Estimated completion for Nona Blue, more than 25,000 combined sq ft retail space in 2 final retail buildings, and park/open space