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July 27 - Jacksonville lands 1,500 jobs and new Amazon Distribution Facility

by Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

July 27, 2016 – The city of Jacksonville has landed an 800,000 sq. ft. fulfillment center to be built by Amazon, the company announced today. The project is the envy of a number of cities in the Southeast who were vying for the 1,500 “clean” jobs the new center will represent.  

Jacksonville business leaders had used the code named ‘Project Rex' for months, with information leaking out that Jacksonville was at the top of the list of cities that Amazon was considering. The State of Florida and Jacksonville worked together to put together an aggressive incentives package.     

“Becoming a member of the Jacksonville community is very exciting for us as we grow our presence in Florida. We’re proud to be creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs to join the thousands we currently employ across the state,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America Operations, said in a statement released today. “We look forward to continue building relationships in the community to make Jacksonville home.”

Incentives for the project very approved in April by Florida officials, including $4.95 million from the state, and a $13.4 million package by the City of Jacksonville which includes $2.5 million in roadway improvements in the area of the Northside distribution center near the airport at the intersection of I-295 and Duval Road.  

The distribution facility is expected to open in 2019, and includes a $200 million capital investment by Amazon on a 148 acre site owned by Signature Land, Inc.  The development will also include another 22 acres owned by CRM Florida Properties LLC., headquartered in Atlanta. 

A portion of Pecan Park Road will be realigned, turning it into a four-lane road, according to details on the project included with the legislation approved by the Florida legislature as part of its financial incentive package. 

It is the largest single jobs announcement in the city’s history with a multi-national company planning to create 1,500 jobs, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President, Daniel Davis, told local media.  

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