$40 million Amazon delivery center in plan review for Craig Airport

site of the proposed Amazon.com delivery station at Craig Airport.
site of the proposed Amazon.com delivery station at Craig Airport.
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Developer Seefried Industrial Properties of Atlanta requests review for a building permit for the proposed $40 million Amazon.com Jacksonville Delivery Station at Craig Airport.

No contractor is listed for the 180,865-square-foot building proposed at 450 General Doolittle Drive in East Arlington. 

The delivery station for the Seattle-based e-commerce retailer is in review for Jacksonville Aviation Authority nonaeronautical property targeted for industrial development near Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.

Craig is the authority’s airport for corporate aviation and flight training. It has acreage that can be developed and does not impede aviation activity.

The airport is at northeast Atlantic Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road.

Plans call the project AMZL DJX4, which is Amazon code for a delivery station in Jacksonville.

Pond and Co. of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is the architect.

A rendering of the proposed Amazon.com delivery station at Craig Airport.

Amazon sends packages to delivery stations for the final leg of distribution to customers.

Greg Willis, JAA marketing and public relations manager, said the property will be developed under a ground lease at market rate. The site is about 77 acres.

Seefried Industrial Properties is the tenant.

According to the permit plans, the proposed facility has been designed for a package delivery service. The facility is anticipated to have two shifts – day and evening – and  possibly a third peak-season shift.

Packages will arrive packaged in cardboard boxes and labeled for delivery within neighborhoods and areas surrounding the facility.

Packages will arrive by tractor-trailer trucks which use designated loading dock positions.

When unloaded, the packages are sorted into more specific locations and loaded into vans for final delivery.

JAA and developers await a Florida Department of Transportation permit for the proposed roadway modification at the Atlantic and Sutton Lakes boulevards intersection.

Developer Seefried Properties Inc. seeks the permit.

Willis said April 11 the project will divide access to and from the facility between both General Doolittle Drive and the new roadway. 

He said the connection to the signal at Sutton Lakes by the new roadway will provide better access for eastbound traffic in and out of the facility while maintaining current access for those already utilizing the intersection.

Hampton Ray, Florida Department of Transportation community outreach manager, said April 11 the department has received the permit application for the road (2022-A-294-00046) and it is pending department review. Seefried Properties Inc. is the applicant.

“The Department remains open to alternative designs and modifications that may be presented by adjacent property owners, the permittee or other interested parties throughout the permit process,” Ray said.

“All designs that have been or will be evaluated will be considered to promote equitable access for all property owners, residents and others that use the roadway.”

Ray said the department does not regulate or permit the construction of buildings on private property. The city of Jacksonville is responsible for that permitting process, he said.

The FDOT permit is only for a driveway connection to and from a state roadway, which is Atlantic Boulevard.

As of November, the department was working on a permit for improvements that would create a roadway on property between two car dealerships to connect Atlantic Boulevard to the Amazon project.

The department said then it is a private project on property owned by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.

The department took public comment about the proposed improvements to determine whether the new roadway and median modifications would be permitted to move forward.

Neighbors and nearby property owners voiced concern about the proposed road and its effect on traffic and the dealerships.

The transportation department said all roadway modifications will be paid by the developer if the project moves forward. The road would not be an FDOT-maintained road.



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