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022421March 23, 2021


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.

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