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Jax Daily Record Friday, Feb. 19, 202105:10 AM EST

Benderson pursing 2 million-square-foot North Jacksonville development

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The Sarasota-based developer wants to build two warehouses at northeast I-95 and Pecan Park Road.

Benderson Development Co. LLC continues to submit construction plans with the city for its proposed almost 2.04 million square feet of warehouse space in North Jacksonville.

The city is reviewing the civil engineering plans for the two-building project north of Pecan Park Road between Interstate 95 and North Main Street.

Engineer Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. filed updated civil engineering plans with the city Feb. 18 for Phases I and II. It submitted responses to city staff comments dated Dec. 18.

Plans show Phase I is a 498,960-square-foot warehouse at 15464 Nexus Place.

Phase II is 1,539,000 square feet at Nexus Place.

In June, Florida-based Benderson Development requested a service availability determination from JEA.

Benderson Development said in April it intended to start work by the end of summer on its 203-acre industrial park at northeast I-95 and Pecan Park Road.

Director of Development Todd Mathes said then he was working with prospects for both proposed buildings – the 498,960-square-foot Building 100 and the almost 1.54 million-square-foot Building 200.

Asked if the prospects were e-commerce companies, Mathes said in April that “is a reasonable perspective.”

Rum East LLC, a Benderson entity, and related companies own the land.

Mathes would not comment on tenant names but said that the two deals for Benderson’s buildings “seem very serious” about Jacksonville. 

If tenants don’t sign for both buildings, Mathes said Benderson would start construction on the smaller building on a speculative basis.

Benderson is a privately held real estate company based in University Park near Sarasota. 

Benderson applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District in April for an environmental resource permit. WRA Engineering of Tampa is the environmental consultant. The decision is pending.

WRA wrote in an April environmental report that the 203.27-acre project is a future commercial distribution center northeast of Jacksonville International Airport.

City agencies have been reviewing plans that show more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space.

Kimley-Horn’s documents show site development of about 187 acres on the southwest side of the property, with Pecan Park Road to the south and I-95 to the west.

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