Preferred Freezer land is sold in Northwest Jacksonville

Company proposes to develop a $46.7 million cold storage warehouse.

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Willows Development LLC sold 13.04 acres for $1.6 million to Chill Build Jacksonville LLC for the Preferred Freezer Services cold-storage project in Northwest Jacksonville. 

Preferred Freezer Services, a national refrigerated storage warehouse company, proposes to develop a $46.7 million cold storage warehouse and create at least 40 jobs. 

The project is in development by Chill Build Jacksonville LLC of Indianapolis.

Chill Build applied to the city for construction of a $43.5 million, 222,834-square-foot cold storage facility on 13.25 acres at 5459 Doolittle Road at North Ellis Road. 

City Council adopted legislation Feb. 12 to provide $1.2 million in grants to Preferred Freezer Services of Jacksonville II LLC for the project. The project would create the jobs, at an average annual wage of $47,775, by year-end 2021.

Willows Development LLC of Jersey City, New Jersey, bought the Doolittle Road property in 2008. Willows Development is affiliated with John Galiher, founder and CEO of Preferred Freezer Services LLC, which is based in Chatham, New Jersey. He signed the deed selling the land to Chill Build.

It would be the second Jacksonville facility for Preferred Freezer Services. The first is at 1780 W. Beaver St.