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Jax Daily Record Monday, Nov. 7, 201612:00 PM EST

Amazon.com to open delivery station in North Jacksonville

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Amazon.com, with one Jacksonville fulfillment center under development and a second anticipated, also will open a smaller delivery station.

The company intends to operate the 63,000-square-foot station in a North Jacksonville industrial park 9 miles east of the center under development at 12900 Pecan Park Road.

Seattle-based Amazon.com did not respond to an email Sunday night or an email and a voicemail this morning.

The internet retailer filed a permit application to build-out space in the Alta Lakes Commerce Center at 11084 Cabot Commerce Circle.

The fulfillment center and the delivery station are north along Interstate 295.

Meanwhile, the second potential fulfillment center is edging closer to construction.

The city approved site clearing Oct. 11 for 86 acres at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville for a 1 million-square-foot building expected to be for Amazon.com.

The Conlan Co. is the contractor for that almost $1.5 million site-clearing project at 13333 103rd St.

No contractor is listed on the application for the $1.5 million build-out to renovate vacant industrial space for the delivery station, including office space. That space includes a training room, breakroom and a new mother’s room.

Packages will be sorted generally between midnight and 6 a.m. Drivers may load 10-22 vans about 6 a.m. and the process should be completed by 10 a.m.

The plans show CESO Inc. of Akron, Ohio, is the architect; DDC LLC of Longwood is the design/build construction manager; Ohlin & Reed Consulting Engineers Inc. of Akron is the consulting engineer; and Dialectic Engineering of Kansas City, Mo., is the mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineer.

According to mwpvl.com, Amazon launched the delivery station distribution network in late 2013. It consists of smaller facilities in the 60,000- to 100,000-square-foot range.

MWPVL International is a Montreal-based supply chain, logistics and distribution consulting company.

The site says Amazon delivery stations are positioned near large metropolitan cities and often near airports. The Alta Lakes site is about 10 miles from Jacksonville International Airport.

The primary role of delivery stations is to sort packages for last-mile delivery to customers in a tightly defined area, the site says. Often deliveries are performed by multiple local courier companies contracted by Amazon.com.

The Pecan Park Road fulfillment center for small packages should open in time for the 2017 holiday season. Its footprint is 855,000 square feet and, at multiple levels, its total size is about 2.4 million square feet.

The second center, for large packages, matches the details for Project Velo, a deal approved in July by City Council. The city expects the identity to be announced by year-end.

Its footprint is 1 million square feet but also will be multilevel, indicating a much larger location by square footage.

Jacksonville also could be home to a sortation center because Amazon.com often opens multiple facilities in geographic areas.

A sortation center, which averages about 200,000 square feet, steers packages for delivery to the U.S. Postal Service and contracted couriers. They also send packages to delivery stations.

Alta Lakes Commerce Center is owned by Boston-based Cabot Properties Inc. The 115,000-square-foot building that will lease to Amazon.com was built in 2008.

Watkins tourney is Veterans Day weekend

The 10th annual Josh Watkins Memorial Tennis Tournament is planned Nov. 10-13 at the Williams Family YMCA at 10415 San Jose Blvd.

Registration closes Tuesday for the event, held Veterans Day weekend to honor the memory of Marine Cpl. Joshua Watkins.

Watkins, a Jacksonville native and former Williams Family YMCA member, was killed in action Oct. 21, 2006, in Iraq.

That was nine days before he was scheduled to arrive back at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

To date, the tournament has raised almost $123,300. Half of the proceeds support youth sports programs through the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

The other half benefits the Marine Corporal Joshua Watkins Memorial Scholarship at the University of North Florida.

The scholarship fund exceeds $288,000 as a result of the annual tournament contributions and private donations.

Watkins’ mother, Amy Vazquez, said he left UNF in his third year to enlist with the intention to complete his degree upon his return. She works for Florida Capital Bank, which supports the tournament.

Tournament registration fees are $60 for one event and $90 for two events (one event must be mixed doubles). Tournament play will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 10.

For more information, visit firstcoastymca.org/josh-watkins-memorial-tennis-tournament.

Hyppo to open at The Hexagon

Build-out is pending at The Hexagon at San Marco Train Station for The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops.

DiMare Construction will build-out about 1,150 square feet at a construction cost of $31,100, according to a building permit application.

The glass-walled Hexagon sits in front of the main retail building at the project at 1434 Hendricks Ave. It’s next to Panera Bread.

James R. McCue and Associates Architects is the architect.

It will be St. Augustine-based Hyppo’s second location in Jacksonville. The first opened in Brooklyn Station on Riverside.

Site plans filed for Texas de Brazil

Site plans were filed for Texas de Brazil at Town Center Promenade.

The 7,000-square-foot restaurant is going up on 1.9 acres at Town Center Parkway and Tropea Way South, across from River Marsh Drive.

Prosser Inc. is the civil engineer.

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, its full name, is one of several restaurants designed at the Promenade.

Dogs Gone Wild to open today

Dogs Gone Wild will open at 9 a.m. today in the food court at Regency Square Mall, the second new food tenant to open within three weeks.

While the main menu item is hot dogs, Dogs Gone Wild also will sell muffins, Danish, bagels and more for breakfast.

The menu features all-beef hot dogs plain and with toppings like slaw, chili, cheese, sauerkraut and combinations.

There also are sides, brownies, cookies and other desserts.

Operating hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Parsons Seafood Express opened Oct. 20 in the food court.

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