The nonprofit received the land in 2017 from PHS Industries, Inc.
North Florida Land Trust has raised money for conservation by selling donated vacant lots that were originally slated to be used by Google for its fiber-optics project in Jacksonville. PHS Industries, Inc., the company which owned the property, gave it to the nonprofit land conservation organization after the project was put on hold. Twin Cam Automotive bought the two properties located at 8113 Alton Ave.
“While this type of donation is rare, we will occasionally accept a donation from an individual or company that has no conservation value,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “On a case by case basis, we evaluate the acceptance of that land. If we agree to accept it, the donor receives a tax deduction of the fair market value and NFLT has a property we can then sell to support our operations. This is a win-win and we are very grateful for those donors.”
The Alton Ave. property is zoned commercial and is vacant and unimproved. It is surrounded by low industry commercial, industrial and residential developments.
NFLT also has another property near the intersection of US-301 and I-10 that will be available for sale in the near future. The property is more than 21 acres and is also zoned commercial. To learn more about the property or to talk with NFLT about donating a property, please call (904) 479-1967.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.