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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jun. 17, 202012:20 PM EST

St. Johns County reviewing last-mile delivery center that mirrors Amazon facilities

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The project, called DJX6, matches the code references used by online giant for its centers.
by: Scott Sailer Staff Writer

St. Johns County is reviewing an application for a last-mile distribution facility called DJX6, which matches the code references used by Amazon.com for its centers.

Seattle-based Amazon calls its Jacksonville last-mile delivery centers by similar names. The Cabot Commerce Circle facility in North Jacksonville is DJX1 and the Blanding Boulevard site under development in West Jacksonville is DJX2.

The St. Johns project, which doesn’t identify Amazon, is a 121,279-square-foot last-mile fulfillment delivery center at 3960 Inman Road, northeast of Interstate 95 and Florida 16 near St. Augustine Outlets. 

Jacksonville-based land-use attorney Patrick Krechowski, representing  Ryan Cos. US Inc., applied to St. Johns County Growth Management for a major modification to the undeveloped Fountains planned unit development, Ordinance 2015-12. 

Ryan is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based national builder, developer, designer and real estate manager. It is working with JEA to build the utility’s new Downtown Jacksonville headquarters.

Krechowski, a partner with Balch & Bingham, said June 17 he cannot comment.

The site plan shows the building along the north property line with vehicular parking and staging along Inman Road and south of the building. Parking is planned for 186 auto spaces and 620 van spaces. 

Van queuing allows for 60 vehicles. Six box-truck and trailer loading docks are along the east side of the facility. The plan shows a wetland area in the center of the site to remain undeveloped. 

Jacksonville-based Fountains of St Augustine LLC owns the 58.31-acre undeveloped property.

Krechowski has been representing the search by Amazon Logistics for last-mile logistics centers in Northeast Florida, including the Blanding Boulevard conversion of a former Kmart.

Krechowski said previously Amazon is “active in Florida and hope to continue to grow in Northeast Florida and continue to look for sites.” 

Amazon Logistics reports on its website that it is expanding its network of delivery providers with its “last mile revolution.” 

The St. Johns County center would be Amazon’s seventh area facility. In addition to the other two delivery centers, it operates two fulfillment centers, JAX2 at Pecan Park Road in North Jacksonville and JAX3 in Cecil Commerce Center in West Jacksonville; a Westside sortation center; and a proposed facility called AMXL HJX1 in Westside to handle heavy bulk freight.

 

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