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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Apr. 19, 201808:21 AM EST

City gives green light for BMW regional parts distribution center

The Conlan Co. will build the 445,000-square-foot center at Westside Industrial Park.

Two years after confirming the project, BMW of North America LLC is preparing to start construction on its estimated $30 million Westside Industrial Park regional parts distribution center.

The city approved a permit Wednesday for The Conlan Co. to build the 445,000-square-foot center on almost 28 acres at 5560 Imeson Road at a construction cost of $5.9 million. BMW said in March 2016 it would develop the center to replace the smaller facility it leases in Westside Industrial Park.

Previously filed plans show the building at 448,043 square feet that is expandable by 166,730 square feet, totaling 614,773 square feet.

The property owner is IM500 LLC, affiliated with Westside Industrial Park developer Pattillo Industrial Real Estate. Atlanta-based Pattillo developed the business center at northwest Interstate 295 and Pritchard Road.

Pattillo Senior Vice President Peter Anderson said the project was "off and running" and should be completed in 12 months.

BMW leases a 213,000-square-foot center that was developed in 2002 to support the BMW and MINI dealerships in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina. It was expanded to 213,000 square feet in 2008.

A BMW spokesman said in March 2016 the company planned to occupy the new site in April 2017. BMW has not commented about the project delay.

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