Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Another Amazon Center Is Coming; Company's Second Distribution Warehouse in City Set for Westside

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Another Amazon Center Is Coming; Company's Second Distribution Warehouse in City Set for Westside

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Byline: Chambers Williams

Amazon will build a second, 1 million square-foot Jacksonville distribution center on the city's Westside in the Cecil Commerce Center, according to plans submitted to the city of Jacksonville.

It's the mystery "Project Velo" that city officials identified as a prospect in September, which they said at the time would employ 325 people to start, but could eventually hire up to 1,200. Plans call for the facility to open in 2019.

The building will be Amazon.com's second distribution center in Jacksonville. The first one announced in July is under construction on the Northside and expected to employ about 1,500 people after opening late next year.

The proposed distribution center for the Cecil Commerce Center, at 13333 103rd St., would be the latest in a string of recent successes for the city as it develops land at the former naval air station.

The newest facility would be built by Dallas-based Hillwood Investment Properties, which entered into a contract in 2010 with the city for commercial development of 4,475 acres of the 17,224-acre Cecil site. Since then, companies such as GE Oil & Gas, Bridgestone Tire, Saft Battery and FedEx Ground have set up shop, bringing more than 1,200 jobs, said City Councilman Doyle Carter, who represents the district that includes Cecil Airport.

Amazon's warehouse would be the biggest tenant so far in the Cecil Commerce Center.

City officials said in September that the company's payroll would add about $39 million annually to the Jacksonville economy.

The land, which is currently mostly wooded, is owned by the city, and would be sold to Hillwood for the distribution center. It would go for $8,819 per acre, or a total of $758,000, a city memo said in September.

In total, Amazon would provide a capital investment of about $115 million for equipment, furniture, land and real estate improvements, and in return, would receive a package of local and state financial incentives that would be based on creation of an initial 325 jobs. …

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