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Jax Daily Record Thursday, May 16, 201902:59 PM EST

City agrees to lease office space to Wayfair at Cecil Commerce Center

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The Boston-based online home decor retailer will use the space for administrative groundwork.
by: Mike Mendenhall Staff Writer

The Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to lease city-owned office space in Cecil Commerce Center to Wayfair Inc.

The Boston-based online home decor retailer will use the space for administrative groundwork before opening its West Jacksonville distribution center in 2020.

Ordinance 2019-306 authorizes a maximum two-year lease for 1,800 square feet of office space in Building 374 at 6146 Authority Ave. Wayfair would pay a $1,350 per month — about $9 per square foot.

The lease includes a one-year renewal option with a 3% rent increase.

The bill was introduced by City Council President Aaron Bowman on April 23 as emergency legislation so Wayfair can begin operations while their 1 million-square-foot, $72 million facility is under construction.

The office will be used for administrative work as well as to host job fairs to hire managers and employees.

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