Site plans were filed Wednesday for an expansion to United Parcel Service Inc.’s Northwest package distribution center, indicating the Atlanta-based global logistics company is serious about growth in Jacksonville.
The plans show an almost 264,000-square-foot expansion and nearly 730 additional parking spaces, signaling an increase in employment and delivery vehicles.
When completed, the UPS center will be almost 800,000 square feet and offer about 1,680 parking spaces.
The center is at 4420 Imeson Road in Westside Industrial Park. It was developed in 1989. Information submitted with the site plan says the total property boundary is about 130 acres.
The documents were dated Oct. 26, a day after legislation was filed with City Council for Project Mountain, a fast-track deal for a $4.3 million Recapture Enhanced Value grant for an unidentified global logistics solutions company.
Project Mountain, as it is code-named, would invest $196 million into expansion of its Northwest Jacksonville logistics center and create 10 jobs by year-end 2020 that pay an average $50,675 plus benefits.
A city project summary said the company is considering four other cities across the U.S. for the expansion.
The summary said the company already employs 965 people, wants to start construction by the end of this year and complete the expansion within three years.
While the description of Project Mountain matches UPS, the company has said only that it is considering Jacksonville among various locations “where communities are supportive of our projects as we further assess the viability of an opportunity.”
The company also has asked the city for an administrative deviation to the zoning code to increase parking and reduce the landscape requirements.
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