Mocama Wildlight to open in community’s former StoryCenter
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WILDLIGHT, Fla. – January 31, 2023 – Wildlight is pleased to announce that Mocama
Beer Company will open a new satellite taproom in its mixed-use community. Occupying
2,000 square feet of space with beer taps and wine selections, the new location will
serve as a gathering place for residents of both Wildlight and greater Nassau County.
Reflecting the sophisticated, mid-century design of the historic Fernandina Beach
location, the taproom will offer ample parking along with additional outdoor space for
community events, activities and games. It is expected to open in the summer of 2023.
“From the beginning, Wildlight was created to encourage community connections
through a vibrant mix of neighborhoods, walkable trails, and dining and retail options,”
said Wes Hinton, Vice President, Wildlight. “We’re excited to offer residents a social hub
that embodies the authentic Nassau County spirit with the addition of Mocama’s
Mocama plans to serve its distinctive products through 12 taps, along with a curated
selection of craft beers from around the world, in a large custom bar and lounge room.
Unique to this location, an enhanced wine program offers an expanded collection from
varying regions available by the glass, bottle or to go. Outdoor seating areas will play
host to festivals, culinary events and live music ideal for families and guests of all ages.
Future plans for the taproom include the addition of Mocama Coffee.
“We hope to create a welcoming space for friends to gather and drink great beer,” said
Dan McCranie, Mocama Beer Company’s operations manager. “Our vision perfectly
aligns with the goals of Wildlight, and our new partnership allows us to serve even more
residents as we expand our Northeast Florida presence.”
Wildlight is a mixed-use master-planned community inspired by a character, culture and
way of living called “Florida Lowcountry”. Approximately half of this 2,900-acre
community is devoted to green space, including parks and nature trails. The other half
features a mix of unique homes, townhomes and rental properties, as well as
businesses, shops, restaurants, schools and medical facilities, connected by trails and
walkable pathways. It is located 20 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville and Amelia
Island, just east of I-95 on A1A with easy access to Jacksonville International Airport.
Wildlight is being developed by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of
Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust. For more information please visit
About Mocama Beer Company
Mocama Beer Company offers an experience curated for seekers, blending classic
design, future vision, and expert attention to detail. Finding beauty in the pursuit of
perfection, the goal is to engage the senses while creating opportunities for connection.
Founded in historic Fernandina Beach, Mocama Beer Company offers a range of beers
from lagers, stouts, and “not your average” IPAs. Mocama was designed from the
ground up to have a meaningful positive impact on our communities and the
WILDLIGHT, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2022) – PulteGroup, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, has announced plans for its newest neighborhood, Hawthorn Park, coming soon to the Wildlight community, a master-planned mixed-use development in Nassau County.
The new construction single-family home community will consist of 25 50-foot homesites and 49 bungalow-style homes with rear-loading garages. Hawthorn Park at Wildlight will embody the community’s overall Florida Lowcountry and coastal aesthetic. Development is underway and sales are anticipated to open in mid-2023.
“We are thrilled to be building on our success at Forest Park and proud to announce our next community at Wildlight, Hawthorn Park,” said Tony Nason, PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division President. “With Wildlight’s superb location, excellent local schools and outstanding recreation offerings combined with the value Pulte offers, we expect strong home buyer interest at Hawthorn Park.” As Wildlight’s newest neighborhood, Hawthorn Park is truly unique. Surrounded by three ponds in close proximity to the trail system, residents will have plenty of opportunities to bike, kayak and birdwatch. And although it may feel like a private sanctuary, it’s still a short bike or golf cart ride away to Wildlight’s village center with a variety of restaurants and services, including a new Publix.
“We really value our partnership with PulteGroup and are excited about the future.” said Wes Hinton, vice
president, Wildlight. “Hawthorn Park will be a unique addition to their existing Forest Park and Del Webb communities that have been so instrumental in shaping the residential landscape here at Wildlight.”
Hawthorn Park is a welcomed addition to Wildlight’s initial phase, consisting of 2,900 acres with a mix of residential homesites, multi-family apartments, an expansive town center including a new Publix, top rated schools, and UF Health and YMCA facilities already in place. Miles of trails, creative parks and amenities, and almost half of the community dedicated to green space create a healthy and vibrant environment for residents.
For information on the two additional communities at Wildlight – Forest Park at Wildlight and the popular age-restrictedDel Webb Wildlight visit www.Pulte.com/Jacksonville or call (904) 595-9180.
Jax Daily Record: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/wildlight-announces-plans-for-senior-housing-community
WILDLIGHT, FLA. – November 29, 2022 – Wildlight announced today that The Fellowship Family and Ambling Property Investments will develop a senior housing community within its mixed-use master planned development in Nassau County.
Fellowship at Wildlight will be a highly amenitized senior housing community consisting of 24 memory care units, 48 assisted living units, 125 independent living units and six cottages on nearly 16 acres of land within the first phase of the Wildlight development. Sitework is slated to begin in 2023 with anticipated completion in 2025. Fellowship at Wildlight pre-leasing will begin in 2024.
“Our goal at Wildlight is to create an extraordinary sense of place for community residents and families in every life phase,” said Wes Hinton, vice president of Wildlight. “The addition of Fellowship at Wildlight will bring a new sanctuary for seniors with a range of living options and support services available, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with the family-owned Fellowship Family to offer this level of care.”
The Fellowship Family is a welcomed addition to Wildlight’s initial phase, consisting of 2,900 acres with a mix of residential homesites, multi-family apartments, an expansive town center, schools, and UF Health and YMCA health & wellness facilities already in place, as well as the recently announced Wildlight Commerce Park.
“Fellowship at Wildlight will bring premier quality senior living accommodations with personalized service for every resident, delivered by an experienced team in an inviting, warm atmosphere,” said The Fellowship Family’s President and CEO John LaHood. “Each of our Fellowship communities are designed among a unique landscape, offering a tranquil place to connect with God and nature. The beautiful scenery of Nassau County makes this a perfect fit.”
In addition to the community’s thoughtfully planned amenities, residents and their families can take advantage of the greater Wildlight community offering miles of trails, creative parks, open green space and access to healthy living systems and facilities.
“Ambling believes in building generational relationships,” added Kevin King, Ambling Property Investment’s president of development. “We are excited to further our partnership with Fellowship while supporting the vision and purpose of Wildlight.”
To ensure masterful integration of Wildlight’s Florida Lowcountry aesthetic, ETM, Stewart & Conners Architects, Niles Bolton Interiors and Elkins Construction have been selected for project design and construction.
Follow this link for renderings and a conceptual site plan of Fellowship at Wildlight.
Read more at Jax Daily Record: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/article/pattillo-plans-1-5-million-square-foot-industrial-park-in-wildlight
WILDLIGHT, Florida – November 11, 2022 – Pattillo Industrial Real Estate (PIRE) announced today the
development of a 1.5 million-square-foot industrial complex within the Wildlight mixed-use, master planned
community in Nassau County.
The environmentally friendly Wildlight Commerce Park will be constructed over the next 10 years as one part of
the economic growth component of Wildlight’s master plan. The industrial park is an approximate 165-acre
expansion within the initial phase consisting of 2,900 acres, a mix of residential homesites, multi-family
apartments, an expansive town center, schools, and UF Health and YMCA health & wellness facilities already in
“As Wildlight continues to advance their vision for a new kind of community with focus on progressive
sustainable practices, PIRE is thrilled to have been chosen to work with them on the development of an
environmentally friendly Class A industrial park to serve and supplement the community and county,” noted
Josh Harrison, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate.
The Class A park is conceptualized to include 12 buildings surrounded by preserved wetlands to accommodate
light manufacturing, logistics, offices, laboratories and warehousing from 5,000 to 500,000 square feet, with the
first building anticipated to be ready for occupancy in spring 2024.
“PIRE has proven themselves the type of high quality, strategic partner needed to bring this project to life and
we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to Wildlight,” added Wes Hinton, Vice President, Wildlight. “We
are looking forward to this park advancing one of the core goals of Wildlight, which is a positive economic
impact and job growth for the residents of Nassau County.”
T-Mobile and Hana Sushi Recently Opened to Expand the Offerings at Wildlight Village Center
WILDLIGHT, Fla. – July 27, 2022– Two tenants recently opened their doors in Skinner Bros. Realty’s multi-tenant retail complex at Wildlight. T-Mobile and Hana Sushi join a cohesive mix of hospitality and lifestyle services within Wildlight’s village center.
T-Mobile’s new store is part of the company’s efforts to expand its retail footprint in growing towns and communities across the country. The Wildlight location gives area customers the convenience of visiting their local T-Mobile store and choosing the service plans, smartphones, tablets, and accessories that best meet their wireless needs. Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
In addition, Hana Sushi, founded locally in Fernandina Beach, has opened their second location in Wildlight. The family-owned restaurant offers everything from fresh sushi, soup, salads and noodles to a traditional Asian kitchen menu, and is known for their modern interpretation of classic dishes and insistence on using only the highest quality fresh ingredients. Restaurant hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m.
“We are excited to continue the momentum at Wildlight by welcoming two new established names in the retail and restaurant industries to this growing community’s village center,” said Chet Skinner, vice president, Skinner Bros. Realty. “The goal of our commercial projects has always been to strengthen Wildlight’s appeal by providing a place for residents and the greater community members to gather.”
Skinner Bros. Realty began construction on the commercial complex, located at 40 Homegrown Way, in early 2020. The mixed-use building is an extension of Wildlight’s first multi-tenant complex, adding 11,670 square feet of retail and restaurant space. These two new establishments join a variety of others including Firehouse Subs, Anejo Cocina, Cold Stone Creamery, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers and Fries, The Decantery Fine Wines and Spirits, and Royal Amelia Dance.
“We value our continued relationship with Skinner Bros. Realty on the expansion of Wildlight village center,” said Wes Hinton, vice president, Wildlight. “Skinner Bros. Realty’s vast knowledge and success in attracting quality restaurants and services of this kind have helped shape the Wildlight experience for our residents and the community at large. We look froward to our extended collaboration as we grow.”
About Skinner Bros. Realty
Skinner Bros. Realty Company, established in January 1999, is a developer, investor, owner and manager of retail, office and mixed-use properties. The firm specializes in acquisition, planning, permitting, development and marketing of real estate as well as the representation of individual and corporate clients in the search for premier business locations. For more information please visit skinnerrealty.com
Wildlight is a master-planned community inspired by a character, culture and way of living called “Florida Lowcountry”. Approximately half of this 2,900-acre community is devoted to green space, including parks and nature trails. The other half features a mix of unique homes, townhomes and rental properties, as well as businesses, shops and restaurants connected by trails and walkable pathways. It is located 20 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville and Amelia Island, just east of I-95 on A1A with easy access to Jacksonville International Airport. Wildlight is being developed by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust.. For more information please visit Wildlight.com
Third Northeast home donated by PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® Program
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 16, 2022) –U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Matthew Perry, a Purple Heart recipient, has received the life-changing news that PulteGroup is building him a new mortgage-free home through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program. Sgt. Perry and his family will break ground on their future home at Forest Park at Wildlight later this summer.
“We are honored to build this home for Sgt. Perry and his family in appreciation of his bravery and service to our country,” said Tony Nason, Division President of PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division. “We are thrilled to build a home for Matt and his family that is fully accessible and that will vastly improve his quality of life.”
Being built specifically for the Perry family, the home is designed to meet all of Sgt. Perry’s needs. The Forest Park at Wildlight location offers easy access to parks, nature trails and is within walking distance of UF Health Wildlight.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program and welcome the Perry family into the Wildlight community,” said Wes Hinton, vice president, Wildlight. “It truly is our honor to be a small part of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for their country.”
This is the third home dedicated in Northeast Florida through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program and is in partnership with Building Homes for Heroes®, a national non-profit organization strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving our country’s armed forces, with the support of Wildlight.
For more information about PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program, visit builttohonor.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Wilmington, NC – ideal-LIVING magazine is pleased to announce the Best Places to Live issue that features the Top 100 Planned Communities. The honorees are also revealed on www.ideal-LIVING.com/bestplaces.
Ideal-LIVING researched communities from our readers’ most-desired areas based on survey results. Each year we survey our readers to determine the most popular destinations and amenities. The destinations featured in this special issue are representative of those desires.
Most of our readers are looking to escape high taxes and find a better climate and quality of life. Whether you would like to move to the mountains or the coast or even internationally, the communities in this issue should help give you ideas of where you might like to live.For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. From its headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, each edition of the quarterly publication is curre
ntly delivered to more than 80,000 homes. The magazine’s parent company, RPI Media, also distributes other publications like the comprehensive ideal-LIVING Relocation Guide and sponsors the company’s signature ideal-LIVING Real Estate Shows each year. For more information, go to the website at www.ideal-LIVING.com.
Publix at The Crossings at Wildlight opens in Yulee
The grocery store anchors a shopping center developed by Sleiman Enterprises.
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor
Link to article in Jacksonville Daily Record: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/photo-gallery/publix-at-the-crossings-at-wildlight-opens-in-yulee
Publix at The Crossings at Wildlight shopping center opened June 2 in Nassau County.
Sleiman Enterprises and Raydient Places + Properties announced the opening in a news release.
The Crossings at Wildlight is at 76010 William Burgess Blvd. in Yulee, east of Interstate 95 off of Florida 200.
Store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The pharmacy is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Sleiman Enterprises developed the more than 80,000-square-foot shopping center. Raydient Places + Properties, a subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., is the developer of the Wildlight master-planned community.
“Publix is set to be the foundation for this shopping center creating a vibrant center which will include both needed goods and services for the area along with dining and lifestyle opportunities this community desires,” Sleiman Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Michael McNaughton said in the release.
He said the company soon will announce additional tenants.
“We enjoyed working with Publix, Raydient Places + Properties, and the Wildlight team.” Sleiman Enterprises President Toney Sleiman said in the release.
“We look forward to developing more properties together in the future.”
The Crossings at Wildlight sits on just under 17 acres. The site includes three multitenant retail buildings, two single- or multitenant buildings and up to three outparcels. Construction began in July 2021.
Grumpy’s Restaurant says on its website it will open there in mid-2022.
Sleiman said more than 10,000 residential units are planned within 3 miles of the shopping center.
It is the second Publix in Yulee. The chain has a store about 6 miles west in the Villages of Amelia shopping center.
The company says it operates 1,297 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
“The much-anticipated opening of this exceptional store with quality products and legendary customer service is an amazing addition to Wildlight’s overall commercial offerings,” said Wes Hinton, vice president of Wildlight, in the release.
The Hamlet at Wildlight, a 250-unit single family rental community, is coming soon to Wildlight. The Hamlet at Wildlight will include cottages, townhomes and duplexes.
Read more about it here: https://www.citybiz.co/article/251950/middleburg-communities-starts-construction-on-250-unit-single-family-rental-community-near-jacksonville-fl/
WILDLIGHT, FLA. (July 15, 2021) – Wildlight’s two newest and highly anticipated restaurant and retail concepts – Añejo Mexicana Cocina and The Decantery – are opening its doors this July following additional months of preparation and staff training. The two establishments will join the cohesive mix of hospitality and lifestyle services at Wildlight’s Village Center.
Opening July 19, Añejo Cocina Mexicana will be the first restaurant at Wildlight’s Village Center with a full-service model that provides guests with a table service dining experience. Añejo at Wildlight, the third of its kind following the Brooklyn and Ponte Vedra locations, is a family-owned restaurant that occupies 3, 700 sq. ft. accommodating 180 guests indoor and 54 guests for its outdoor area, which includes an open-air bar and covered patio.
“Being able to share the Mexican culture and heritage through food while providing exceptional service is our specialty. The staff has worked hard to prepare for this opening and we are all thrilled to begin welcoming guests,” said Blanca Valencia, owner of Añejo Cocina Mexicana. “Guests of the new location will enjoy the upbeat ambiance, design, comfortable outdoor seating, and authentic food that many know and love from our existing Añejo locations.”
Añejo’s large menu offerings range from el hefe tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, and fajtas to desserts such as churros, tres leches, and fried ice cream. Each dish is crafted using fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients for authenticity and quality. Guests can choose from the fourteen margarita options listed on Añejo’s bar menu, which also includes mojitos, mules, beer, and wine.
Phase one of The Decantery is set to open on July 16, which will be its package retail store bringing a large and widely ranged selection of premium wine, beer, and spirits to meet guest preferences, and offer highly requested and favorited products. To elevate and ease the decision-making experience, The Decantery will offer guests product samples before making a purchase, allowing the store to rotate between 70 to 80 open bottles of liquor for tasting.
“With the success of our Fernandina Beach location, we’re excited to bring The Decantery to Wildlight and the Nassau County community,” said Phelipe Goncalves, retail store manager of The Decantery. “The store will be an ideal spot for all adult beverage needs, featuring staple products and brands as well as niche ones.”
Like the one enjoyed by many at its original location in Fernandina Beach, The Decantery at Wildlight will also feature a state-of-the-art wine dispensary that showcases eight varietals of rotating wines. Guests have the opportunity to sign-up for a wine loyalty card that tracks and maintains personal wine preferences, favorites, and previous purchases. Cardholders are able to load with their desired amount, insert the card into the dispensary, select a wine and pour amount, and sip while shopping.
“The Decantery and Añejo offer well-recognized hospitality and guest experiences, both establishments are excellent additions in building Wildlight’s growing community and lifestyle,” said Wes Hinton, vice president of Wildlight.
Añejo is located at 40 Homegrown Way and The Decantery is located at 20 Homegrown Way in Yulee, Florida. Phase two of The Decantery’s opening will include a craft cocktail bar and lounge expected to open November 2021. The two new establishments join Royal Amelia Dance Academy, Great Clips, Cold Stone Creamery, Firehouse Subs, and Tasty’s Fresh Burgers and Fries in Wildlight’s Village Center constructed by Skinner Bros. Realty.
Wildlight is envisioned as a new town inspired by a character, culture and pattern of living that we call “Florida Lowcountry,” where play is a part of every day and the natural world is a natural part of life. The plan for Wildlight includes a mix of homes, townhomes
and rental apartments together with shops and restaurants, a new elementary school and a system of trails and pathways intended to make it healthy and walkable and connect it all together. Our Phase 1 plan is flexible and currently designed for about 1,000 homes across about 260 acres plus nearly 350 acres of permanently preserved open space. Wildlight will offer comfortable and friendly Florida Lowcountry living 20 miles north of Jacksonville, just east of Interstate 95 on A1A, with easy access to both Amelia Island and the Jacksonville International Airport. Wildlight is being created by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust. For more information, please visit www.wildlight.com.
About The Decantery
The Decantery, located in historic downtown Fernandina Beach is the island’s premier wine, craft beer and cocktail lounge. In addition to an exceptional, rare and unique wine selection, The Decantery offers delectable homemade desserts and accoutrements. Our state-of-the-art wine dispensing machines paired with an inviting and comfortable ambiance gives guests a unique imbibing experience. All wines can be enjoyed in our lounge or are available for package or purchase.
About Añejo Cocina Mexicana
Our main goal at Añejo Cocina Mexicana is to provide customers with the best Añejo dining experience. This is possible with the help of our highly trained staff and friendly atmosphere. We want all our customers to leave our restaurant with a big smile, knowing that Añejo will be waiting to provide them with the best time.