First Retail Complex at Wildlight Under Construction


ELM is providing architectural and landscape architectural design services for the first retail development in Wildlight, Rayonier’s signature community in Nassau County, north of Jacksonville. Construction on the multi-tenant building, developed by Jacksonville-based Skinner Bros. Realty, began in early August.

Located at the northeast corner along Wildight’s front entrance along highway A1A, the three-acre development will be home to tenants including Cold Stone Creamery, local fast-casual restaurant Tasty’s fresh burgers and fries, and a second location of Royal Amelia Dance Academy.

“This project is an important first step in establishing Wildlight as a vibrant neighborhood,” said Russ Ervin, ELM partner in charge of the project. “The presence of restaurants and shops is an important amenity to current and future residents, and will help to create activity and reinforce a positive sense of community.”

Chet Skinner, vice president of Skinner Brothers Realty, adds that the well-known and local and national brands will be a draw to future residents, students, teachers and businesses. Cold Stone, Tasty’s and RAD are expected to open next year.

In addition to the 9,100 sq. ft. multi-tenant retail building, the development’s first phase will include a courtyard and outdoor dining terrace.

The building and landscape will reflect the “Florida Lowcountry” architectural style that has become characteristic of the new community, and will embrace Wildlight’s culture that combines playfulness, health, nature and walkability.

A second phase of the project is planned, which will include additional restaurant and retail space.