British-Norwegian fishing operation plans refrigerated warehouse/distribution facility in Orange

Bill Zimmerman
GrowthSpotter

Bermuda- and Delaware-based affiliates of a British-Norwegian sustainable fishing operation have plans to build a 25,742-square-foot refrigerated warehouse and distribution facility on South Orange Avenue just north of State Road 417.

Land owner Wewatta LLC of Wilmington, Del., purchased the 2.73-acre, triangular-shaped property in September 2017 for $425,000, according to county records, from seller Pizzuti Land/Cornerstone LLC, an affiliate of Pizzuti Companies.

According to plans, C-1 planned-development district zoning in place permits the refrigerated warehouse, with six bays indicated and a maximum permissible height of 50 feet. Access will be on Martin Brower Road.

Argos Georgia Ltd. of Clarendon House, Bermuda, is listed as developer. Bonar Engineering and Construction Co. of Jacksonville is engineer and drew up plans in September that were filed Friday. Civil engineers are G.L. Summitt Engineering Inc. of Lake Mary and North Florida Engineering of Jacksonville. PBV Architecture of Jacksonville is architect, Ravensdale Planning and Design of Crystal River is landscape architect and A&J Land Surveyors Inc. of Jacksonville is surveyor.

Affiliate Argos Georgia, listed on applications and engineering plans, is the namesake of one of parent company Argos Froyanes Ltd.’s newest ships, christened March 9 in Gibraltar.

Privately owned Argos Froyanes Ltd., which lists offices in Gibraltar, Norway and Falkland Islands, includes partner Ervik Havfiske which claims to be Norway’s largest longline company with more than 30 years’ experience in sustainable fishing. With 11 vessels and operational bases in its office locations as well as New Zealand and Uruguay, Argos Froyanes officials are listed on documents related to the development.

Other small or moderately sized warehouse and commercial developments in the work in Central Florida include:

  • Five commercial buildings planned in Sanford by Robert Maksimowicz where office use would also be in the mix for an assemblage of 10 acres. 
  • Showroom, service center and office space in Ocoee for Vermeer Southeast in Ocoee on 8.7 acres the company purchased that would also provide warehouse and office space for flooring supplier Trinity Surfaces. 
  • Separate industrial and commercial projects in the works by Hickman Enterprises include a pair of office/warehouse structures on 1.18 acres along Evangeline Way in Sanford and mixed-use development in early stages of entitlements for land the developer is looking to buy along East Lake Mary Boulevard at Sipes Avenue. 

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