Boeing building $39 million components facility at Cecil Airport

The city issued a permit May 31 for construction of the 150,385-square-foot operation.

The city issued a permit May 31 for construction of a $39 million Boeing Component Operations facility on land developed by Scannell Properties at Cecil Airport.
The city issued a permit May 31 for construction of a $39 million Boeing Component Operations facility on land developed by Scannell Properties at Cecil Airport.
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The city approved a permit May 31 for Clayco Construction Co. Inc. to build the $39 million Boeing Component Operations facility at Cecil Airport in West Jacksonville.

The 150,385-square-foot building is under development at 5869 Approach Road. 

The facility will be used for the repair and servicing of aircraft components and will consist of a large general work area, specialized work areas, and break, office, meeting and training spaces. 

The exterior includes a loading dock and service area, lift station, parking lot, service roads and an outdoor storage area for waste and materials.

The site is at 5869 Approach Road at Cecil Airport.

Scannell Properties #655 LLC of Indianapolis is the developer and the owner of the property.

Pond & Co. of Jacksonville is the architect. Clayco is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

The city reviewed engineering plans for the Scannell project that show the facility on the east side of Approach Road, south of 103rd Street. 

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority board voted 7-0 on Sept. 26, 2022, to lease the Cecil Airport property to Scannell Properties to build a component repair, maintenance and warehouse facility for The Boeing Co.

The JAA board approved a ground lease for 18.3 acres to Scannell, which intends to build the facility with parking, roads, access drives and stormwater control facilities.

JAA CEO Mark VanLoh and Chief Development Officer Jay Cunio submitted the lease to the board for approval after signing the submission Sept. 16, 2022.

It says management recommends that the JAA board approve the ground lease between JAA and Scannell and authorizes VanLoh to execute the necessary documents.

Scannell will lease the land from JAA and sublease the improved property to Boeing, according to the JAA staff recommendation to the board.

The initial lease term is 27 years with an option to extend for 13 years and an additional option for 10 years, not to exceed 50 years.

The ground rent for the initial lease is 25 cents per square foot per year, or about $199,287 in annual rent based on 18.3 acres.

The ground rent is subject to an annual 3% increase for the second through fifth years, and then 2.25% a year for years six through 27. 

Starting with the first extension option, the ground rent is reset based on an appraisal of fair market value and then increased annually at 2.25%.

Scannell will spend at least $26 million on the project design and construction. It will have the right to assign the lease agreement to Boeing “or any other qualified Assignee with JAA approval.”

Scannell is a privately owned commercial real estate development company that specializes in build-to-suit and speculative commercial projects. It has several projects in Northeast Florida.

Boeing is considered a legacy tenant whose presence at Cecil Airport predates JAA’s acquisition of the property. 

The JAA submission said Boeing leases six facilities totaling 394,335 square feet on the west side of the airfield.

The facilities provide mission support, aircraft maintenance, engineering and training for the U.S. Navy and other military and civilian aviation interests.

The JAA management submission explains that in 2020, the authority responded to a Boeing request for proposal under the code name “Project Shockwave” for a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility with offices and support space.

The board approved the lease with Boeing in December 2020 for that 400,600-square-foot project.

The Project Shockwave facility is on the west side of Approach Road.



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