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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jan. 25, 202105:20 AM EST

City approves foundation for Amazon at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center

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The almost 280,000-square-foot project is planned at Waterworks Street and POW-MIA Memorial Parkway.

The city approved foundation construction Jan. 22 for an Amazon.com facility at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center at a cost of $2.7 million.

The Conlan Co. is the contractor for the foundation to support a concrete tilt-up, single-story warehouse with an office and break room.

The 278,237-square-foot center is in development at 13450 Waterworks St. in the West Jacksonville business park. The land, Parcel F is at southwest POW-MIA Memorial Parkway and Waterworks Street.

Plans indicate it could be a sortation center with outbound cross-dock doors.

The building will be 261,321 square feet of warehouse space and 16,916 square feet of office space.

The facility is in development at 13450 Waterworks St. in AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

The foundation permit specifies there is no high-bay racking or high-piled storage, indicating packages are not stacked and instead are unloaded and shipped for delivery quickly.

The city issued a permit Nov. 11 for W. Gardner LLC of Jacksonville to conduct site clearing, pine harvesting, pond creation and tree removal on 70.25 acres at the address at a cost of $6.4 million.

In October, the city began reviewing a permit application and plans for an Amazon facility at the site at a construction cost of $40.4 million. It is identified as JAX9, a code name used by the Seattle-based online retailer. 

Dallas-based Hillwood, the city’s master developer at the Westside business park, said in its third-quarter report in December that it and the tenant executed a nonbinding term sheet to lease an approximately 280,000-square-foot build-to-suit industrial facility on Parcel F. 

While not identifying the prospect as Amazon.com, Hillwood told the city that it and a prospective tenant executed a nonbinding term sheet to lease a facility at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

A rendering of the Amazon facility at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

The city owns the land at Cecil and sells property to Hillwood for development. Waterworks BLDG F-1 LLC, part of Hillwood, is listed as the JAX9 developer.

The city anticipates the building will take 10-12 months to complete.

Amazon has opened or plans to operate at least 12 locations in the area, including three large fulfillment centers, including one at Cecil Commerce Center; six delivery stations; a heavy bulk-freight center; and in addition to the AllianceFlorida location, an operating 240,000-square-foot sortation center called JAX5 in Westside Industrial Park.

Amazon.com says sortation centers are “midmile” delivery centers in which the company sorts customer orders by ZIP codes before handing off to delivery partners for final delivery.

Employees at sortation centers sort customer orders by final destination and consolidate them onto trucks for faster delivery. Amazon’s sort center network “is powering our ability to provide customers with everyday delivery, including Sunday delivery.”

“Our sortation centers are at the intersection of our passion between our transportation and logistics networks and help us provide our Prime members with their orders in two days or less,” it says.

Delivery stations are smaller. There, customer orders are prepared for last-mile delivery to customers.

“Amazon delivery providers enable our fast, everyday shipping,” says Amazon.com.


 

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