Pattillo plans 1.5 million-square-foot industrial park in Wildlight

The developer announced it will develop the property in Nassau County.

A conceptual site plan for Pattillo Industrial Real Estate’s proposed Wildlight Commerce Park.
A conceptual site plan for Pattillo Industrial Real Estate’s proposed Wildlight Commerce Park.
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Pattillo Industrial Real Estate announced Nov. 11 it will develop a 1.5 million-square-foot industrial complex in the Wildlight mixed-use, master-planned community in Nassau County.

Wildlight, at northeast Interstate 95 and Florida A1A/200, is being developed by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of real estate investment trust Rayonier Inc.

Atlanta-based Pattillo and Rayonier said Wildlight Commerce Park is designed to include 10 buildings for light manufacturing, logistics, offices, laboratories and warehousing that needs from 5,000 to 500,000 square feet.

The first building is anticipated to be ready for occupancy in spring 2024.

A conceptual site plan shows 12 buildings among two development stages that comprise:

• A 500,000-square-foot building with 257 parking spaces

• A 180,000-square-foot building with 200 spaces

• Two 162,000-square-foot buildings, with 178 and 166 spaces

• A 140,000-square-foot building with 130 spaces

• A 90,000-square-foot building with 104 spaces

• A 65,000-square-foot building with 100 spaces

• Two 55,000-square-foot buildings with 80 spaces each

• A 52,000-square-foot building with 80 spaces

• A 38,500-square-foot building with 83 spaces

• A 27,500-square-foot building with 56 spaces

“As Wildlight continues to advance their vision for a new kind of community with focus on progressive sustainable practices, PIRE is thrilled to have been chosen to work with them on the development of an environmentally friendly Class A industrial park to serve and supplement the community and county,” said Josh Harrison, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, in a news release.

Wildlight Vice President Wes Hinton said Pattillo Industrial Real Estate has proven itself “the type of high quality, strategic partner needed to bring this project to life.”

“We are looking forward to this park advancing one of the core goals of Wildlight, which is a positive economic impact and job growth for the residents of Nassau County.”

The release said the environmentally friendly Wildlight Commerce Park will be built over 10 years as one part of the economic growth component of Wildlight’s master plan. 

The industrial park is a 165-acre expansion within the initial phase of Wildlight that consists of 2,900 acres, a mix of residential homesites, multifamily apartments, a town center, schools, and UF Health and YMCA health and wellness facilities already in place.

The Pattillo park is surrounded by preserved wetlands.

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, the largest industrial property developer in Northeast Florida based on market research, applied to Nassau County for what appears to be a first phase.

Pattillo intends to develop three buildings totaling 253,500 square feet on 36.9 acres at Florida 200 and Old Yulee Road in Wildlight.

The Nassau County Development Review Committee held a pre-application meeting Nov. 15 for Wildlight Commerce Park Parcel A and Parcel B.

Pattillo requested the pre-application conference to discuss proposed industrial development.

Wildlight Commerce Park consists of several large parcels with roadways and trails connecting it to adjacent roads, according the Nov. 15 meeting agenda.

Parcel A is shown as 31.82 acres of timberland at northwest Still Quarters Road and Commercial Rail Avenue. 

It features a 147,000-square-foot Building B with 130 parking spaces and 38,500-square-foot Building C with 76 spaces.

Parcel B is 5.08 acres at northeast Still Quarters Road and Commercial Rail Avenue. Building A is 68,000 square feet with 65 parking spaces

The buildings don’t appear to be the precise size as those on the conceptual site plan.

Jacksonville-based England-Thims & Miller Inc. is the civil engineer. says the Wildlight development, with 9 miles of frontage along I-95, is designed for 11 million square feet of commercial space, 24,000 residential units, 1,100 acres of parks and more than 50 miles of trails.

It now has 415,000 square feet of commercial space, 49 acres of parks, 11 miles of trails and 1,900 homes under development.

Wildlight describes itself as “Florida Lowcountry.”

About half of the 2,900-acre community is devoted to green space, including parks and nature trails.

The other half features a mix of homes, town homes and rental properties, as well as businesses, shops, restaurants, schools and medical facilities, connected by trails and walkable pathways. 

It is 20 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville and Amelia Island. 

Rayonier Inc. established Wildlight in 2017 and is based there.

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate has an inventory of more than 7.06 million square feet of industrial buildings among 37 buildings in Northeast Florida, according to the Q3 Industrial Snapshot by Cushman & Wakefield Managing Directors Tyler Newman and Jacob Horsley.

That ranks Pattillo as the largest single industrial developer in the area.

Cushman & Wakefield found the Northeast Florida market has an inventory of 103.5 million square feet of warehouse distribution, manufacturing and flexible-use space.

Pattillo Industrial Real Estate said it is a third-generation developer and is the largest privately held industrial development operation based in the Southeastern United States. It started in 1950.

Rayonier said it has assets in softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. 

It owns or leases under long-term agreements about 2.7 million acres of timberland in the U.S. South, U.S. Pacific Northwest and New Zealand. 



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