The JEA board voted 7-0 on Jan. 28 to move ahead on two land purchases totaling nearly $11 million to expand its electric system infrastructure in southeast Jacksonville and support a new wastewater treatment plant north of Jacksonville International Airport.
The utility plans to build a larger electric substation northwest of Mayo Clinic’s San Pablo campus on 10.5 acres, according to WJCT News partner the Jacksonville Daily Record.
According to an interoffice memorandum from utility CEO Jay Stowe, the existing San Pablo electric substation is reaching load capacity, partially due to Mayo Clinic’s planned campus expansion.
The hospital system is building a 146,000-square-foot, six-story addition and making other renovations to its 4500 San Pablo Road S. campus.
According to the memo, JEA reached a deal with land owned by Estuary LLC to buy the property for $5.25 million. The board’s vote directs JEA staff to complete the negotiations.
An expanded version of this story at JaxDailyRecord.com includes more information on the Estuary LLC deal along with the details of the second planned property purchase.