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Jax Daily Record Friday, Jul. 31, 202009:00 AM EST

Amazon identified for Imeson Park distribution warehouse

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The city issued a permit for the foundation for the 1 million-square-foot center.

Amazon.com’s Softlines category is identified on plans as the tenant for a 1 million-square-foot distribution center at Imeson Park in North Jacksonville.

Softlines is the online retailer’s category of apparel and shoes and also is a brand of Amazon footwear.

The city approved a permit July 31 for Evans General Contractors LLC of Savannah to build a $5.7 million warehouse foundation. The city issued a related foundation permit in November for $100,000.

The city also is reviewing a permit application for construction of the building at a cost of almost $41.2 million. 

No job count is available, but plans call for more than 1,500 parking spaces for cars.

Plans identify the client as Amazon and the warehouse as Softlines JAX7, which appears to be Amazon’s code for the location.

The Seattle-based company operates two area fulfillment centers, JAX2 at Pecan Park Road in Northwest Jacksonville and JAX3 in Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville; a Westside sortation center; and a proposed facility called AMXL HJX1 in Westside to handle heavy bulk freight.

It also operates last-mile delivery centers with similar designations. The Cabot Commerce Circle facility in North Jacksonville is DJX1 and the Blanding Boulevard site under development in West Jacksonville is DJX2. Another is in review in St. Johns County.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment as of the afternoon of July 31.

The Imeson Building E is at 10501 Cold Storage Road, No. 500. 

VanTrust Real Estate LLC is developing the 1.06 million-square-foot building on 51.33 acres in Imeson Park, at northeast North Main Street and Zoo Parkway.

The foundation permit will include mezzanine foundations and warehouse-office underground electrical and plumbing for tenant improvements.

Stantec Architecture of Pittsburgh is the architect.

VanTrust has been preparing for the 1,063,684-square-foot industrial facility, parking and utilities. England-Thims & Miller Inc. filed civil plans with the city June 18.

Plans show the property would include 490 parking spaces for trailers and 1,542 spaces for cars, along with 32 accessible spaces and 16 motorcycle spaces.

 The developer of the 156-acre Imeson Park is JI Imeson Industrial LLC, part of VanTrust Real Estate LLC. 

VanTrust Executive Vice President John Carey said July 31 that he is unable to comment.

Carey said in April the industrial market is active, primarily because of one sector.

“It’s all about e-commerce,” he said.

“We participate in a number of calls with market experts to talk about various sectors and clearly the e-commerce distribution side of industrial appears to be the one sector that is poised to continue to grow,” he said.

Several 1 million-square-foot buildings that match the need for e-commerce centers are in review in Jacksonville.

The Imeson Building E is at 10501 Cold Storage Road, No. 500. (Google)

 

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