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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jun. 18, 201907:36 AM EST

Construction approved for $49 million Wayfair distribution center

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The West Jacksonville project totals 1 million square feet of space for the home-furnishings retailer.

Construction was approved Monday for Wayfair Inc.’s distribution center in West Jacksonville at a cost of $49 million.

The city issued a permit for The Conlan Co. to build the 1 million-square-foot building on 90 acres at 13483 103rd St. in AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.

Dallas-based Hillwood is developing the distribution center next to the 1 million-square-foot Amazon.com fulfillment center.

Hillwood is the master developer at Cecil Commerce Center.

The permit is for the shell construction. The city is reviewing another application for Conlan to build-out interior office space at a cost of $3.5 million.

The city announced Dec. 3 that Boston-based Wayfair, an online retailer of home furnishings, would lease the building and open the $72 million center.

A city incentives agreement says Wayfair will invest $50 million into real estate and $22 million into machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures.

The city said Wayfair will complete the center by year-end 2020 and create 250 jobs by the end of 2021. Building plans indicate 250 parking spaces and future spaces of 240, totaling 490. 

Wayfair refers to the Jacksonville center as a Large Parcel Home Delivery Operation. The company told the city its average salary for full-time jobs will be $33,000 plus benefits.

City Council approved a $3.3 million city Recapture Enhanced Value grant based on the additional property taxes generated by the project.

Jobs are posted at wayfaircareers.com.

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