Formed as the operational company for various real estate development projects, is the Master Developer of several projects throughout the Southeast. Eastland provides personalized attention to each project primarily focusing on land entitlement and development of large scale properties. Eastland's projects include nationally recognized commercial stores, hotels and restaurants along with the Nation's most recognizable single and multi-family builders. By assembling a development team of professionals in legal, land planning, civil engineering, environmental planning and landscape design, Eastland has created some of the Southeast's most desirable communities.

Eastland has strived to achieve an excellent working relationship with local, state and federal agencies, governments and environmental groups. Their forward thinking in providing environmentally sensitive planning has been praised by environmental groups.Eastland's latest project, Bartram Park, was the first Multi-County DRI (Development of Regional Impact) entitled in North Florida. Bartram Park was monumental in solving cross county traffic issues while enhancing public access to special environmental habitats and waterways.

Eastland's work on large scale DRI's has proven their ability to understand and negotiate through the complex issues involved in developing large multi-use tracts of land. Issues such as transportation, schools, utilities and environmental impacts all require the expertise that Eastland has shown in order to develop a successful and financially viable project. With experience establishing Special Taxing Districts, (also known as Community Development Districts),Eastland has been successful in financing infrastructure cost through bond financing of over 60 million dollars.

SCOPE OF SERVICES offered:

  • Capital Formation Plans
  • Financial Feasibility Studies including Detailed Proforma and Cash Flow Analysis
  • Project and Market Analysis
  • Project Oversight, Asset Management,and Development and Construction Management
  • Site Due Diligence
  • Environmental Review, Permitting and Mitigation
  • Entitlements including Permitting, Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Amendments and Development of Regional Impact (DRI) Review
  • Concurrency including Transportation, Utilities and Schools
  • HOA's and Community Development District Formation and Management
  • Bond Financing-Community Development Districts
  • Sales and Marketing (Evaluate, Recommend and Implement)

PRINCIPALS

J. THOMAS DODSON

Tom has over forty years of experience in real estate development and is the Owner/President of Eastland, a southeast regional company specializing in large parcel mixed-use development. With his main focus being land entitlement and development, Tom has also constructed large condominium, office, and retail centers. Tom has served on the Board of Directors for both the Northeast Florida Builder's Association (NEFBA) and the Ronald McDonald House.

ARTHUR E. LANCASTER

As a 25 year veteran of the construction & real estate development industry, Art serves as Vice President for East-land. Art is a State Certified Building Contractor whose experience includes coordination of professional services, construction management and a wide range of development expertise including; entitlements, concurrency, pro-forma and cash flow analysis, bond financing, etc.

JOHN T. DODSON, III

John, Broker/Owner of Palmetto Properties, has been involved in real estate for over 10 years. He oversees parcel and office condominium sales; market research and analysis; and prospecting future development opportunities. John is Development Manager for Eastland and oversees residential, commercial, and office project development and construction.