Polk County Developments

Developer planning 1 million square foot flex industrial park in Auburndale

Auburndale may be getting even more industrial warehouse space next to the approved 1 million-square-foot Prologis facility at the C.R. 559A interchange on I-4.

Mancini Development, a Deerfield Beach real estate and construction firm, has filed construction plans with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for a 66.5-acre development called the Auburndale Commerce Center. The site plan calls for a 105,000-square-foot distribution warehouse with parking for 101 employees and 43 trucks in Phase 1. It would be divided into 12 bays, each with 7,920 square feet and 32-foot clear loading docks, both high and grade, according to leasing materials.


The master plan for business park calls for 1 million square feet of flex warehouse, research and light industrial space. The plan includes a twin of the first building, and a pair of larger facilities, each in the 400,000-square-foot range. JSK Consulting is the civil engineer. Gregory Lawrence with The Commercial Department, Inc., is marketing the property.

Mancini and its heavy construction arm, Ric-Man Construction, are subsidiaries of Mancini Companies, which has developed industrial centers in Michigan and Florida. The company paid $4 million in 2006 to buy the Auburndale property, and the project is its first in Central Florida.


Amy Palmer, community development director for the city, told GrowthSpotter the site was rezoned to light industrial in 2008. Plans for the project was approved at the time, but they have expired. The new site plan would need to be approved by the city.

The business park lies on C.R. 559A, also known as C. Fred Jones Boulevard, adjacent to the 147 acres under contract to logistics giant, Prologis. In 2018, the Auburndale City Commission approved an Industrial Planned Unit Development zoning and binding site plan on that property for a 1 million-square-foot facility and an 8-acre retail center.

The property owner, Sharrett Land LLC, filed its construction plans with SWFWMD on Aug. 8.

Earlier this year, Polk County Commissioners rejected a conditional use permit application from Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties for a proposed 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center a bit closer to Florida Polytechnic University. The proposed Pace Road Distribution Center fell within the Polk Commerce Center Development of Regional Impact, and it had a future land use that allowed for business park and industrial uses. But the county requires a CU for any building larger than 250,000 square feet.

That site, which is immediately north of the Florida Department of Transportation SunTrax research facility, falls within the boundaries of the proposed Central Florida Innovation District. Polk County and the cities of Auburndale and Lakeland are considering a memorandum of understanding that establishes the district boundaries and an advisory council to help regulate the future developments surrounding the university.

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