Amazon building $40 million sortation center in Cecil Commerce Center

The city issued a permit March 17 for the almost 280,000-square-foot facility in AllianceFlorida.

The facility is in development at 13450 Waterworks St. in AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.
The facility is in development at 13450 Waterworks St. in AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center.
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The city approved construction March 17 for an sortation center at AllianceFlorida at Cecil Commerce Center at a cost of $40.4 million.

It follows a Jan. 22 foundation permit at a construction cost of $2.7 million,

The Conlan Co. is the contractor.

The 278,237-square-foot center is in development at 13450 Waterworks St. in the West Jacksonville business park. The land, Parcel F is at southwest POW-MIA Memorial Parkway and Waterworks Street.

In January, City Council member Aaron Bowman said the Seattle-based online retailer would open there and AllianceFlorida master developer Hillwood also said will be a tenant at Cecil Commerce Center.

“I can confirm we have signed a lease with Amazon for that facility,” Hillwood Senior Vice President Dan Tatsch said Jan. 30.

He said Hillwood targeted the third or fourth quarter of 2021 for completion of the building. says sortation centers are “midmile” delivery centers in which the company sorts customer orders by ZIP codes before handing off to delivery partners for final delivery.

Amazon opened its first area sortation center, called JAX5, in 240,000 square feet at Westside Industrial Park.

Bowman, senior vice president of business development at JAX Chamber, said at the close of the Council meeting Jan. 26 that the new Westside center will be a $40 million project that creates 200 jobs.

In October, the city began reviewing a permit application and plans for an Amazon facility, identified as JAX9, at the site at a construction cost of $40.4 million. A document by utility JEA showed the center could create about 260 jobs.

The building will be 261,321 square feet of warehouse space and 16,916 square feet of office space.

The permits specify there is no high-bay racking or high-piled storage, indicating packages are not stacked and instead are unloaded and shipped for delivery quickly.

Amazon has opened or plans to operate at least 12 locations in the area, including three large fulfillment centers, including one at Cecil Commerce Center; six delivery stations; a heavy bulk-freight center; and in addition to the AllianceFlorida location, an operating 240,000-square-foot sortation center called JAX5 in Westside Industrial Park.



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