Davidson partners with Habitat for Humanity on new St. Augustine neighborhood

August 28, 2018


We are pleased to announce Davidson’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity of St. Augustine / St. Johns County on the housing nonprofit’s newest West St. Augustine neighborhood called Canopy Oaks.


The neighborhood is being developed on the former Dancy Tract off of Broach Street, between Volusia Street and St. Johns Street in the West Augustine Economic Development and Community Redevelopment Area, a few blocks north of W. King Street.


Davidson signed on in February 2015 to provide site planning, site design and project programming on a pro-bono basis. We worked in close concert to represent the project before the County Commission and the County’s Development Review Committee. Our development team incorporated the civil engineering efforts of Matthews Design and together, secured the necessary preliminary zoning and site plan approvals.

The St. Johns County Commissioners signed a grant agreement in December 2017 awarding Habitat $458,000 for the Canopy Oaks infrastructure. Through fund raising, Habitat matched the grant, enabling site construction to commence in the spring of this year. Onyx Construction, Inc., of Palatka is the infrastructure contractor.


The final refinements and revisions to the plan, required to satisfy the County’s concerns and participation, were provided by Gulfstream Design Group of St. Augustine.


Canopy Oaks will provide ten single family homes and four paired townhomes to accommodate 18 homeowners/families. Habitat screens Home Purchase Applications four times a year. Based on four criteria, the Habitat Board of Directors makes the final approval.


Any person/s selected to secure a mortgage must also invest a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat-equity” on other Habitat houses for the benefit of existing residents or future owners. The labor contribution makes all owners essentially “partners” in the Habitat Mission – “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter”.


According to Habitat’s Executive Director Malinda Everson, the homes in Canopy Oaks will commence construction incrementally, based on individual pre-sales to qualified and selected applicants. Homes will be sold based on established, appraised values. All homes will be owner-occupied.


Canopy Oaks is fulfilling a recognized need in St. Johns County. Homes will be designed and built for lasting ownership – instilling pride in the neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity aims to make Canopy Oaks a quality project that can be a model for other similar workforce-housing opportunities in St. Augustine and the County.


To learn more, visit habitatstjohns.org.

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