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Orlando developer looking to reactivate dormant industrial park in Polk

ZF Property Developers owns the 34-acre site outlined in blue on Polk County's Decker Highway industrial corridor.
ZF Property Developers owns the 34-acre site outlined in blue on Polk County's Decker Highway industrial corridor. (Polk County)

Orlando engineer and developer George Guo is looking to resurrect a dormant industrial park project near Winter Haven on property he bought 14 years ago.

Guo’s ZF Property Developers LLC paid $1.67M in 2006 for a 34-acre tract at 5615 Recker Highway, across from the Central Florida Business Park. Last week he resubmitted development plans to Polk County that had been approved in 2012 but have expired.

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Guo told GrowthSpotter his primary motivation for resubmitting the development plan was so he could proceed with extending water and sewer lines to the property and initiate the site work for the first building.

The application calls for infrastructure to serve 9.5 acres, plus the first warehouse building. Guo said the building was previously approved for up to 18,900 square feet.

“We might have opportunities to to consider smaller buildings – 18,900 is a pretty big building for us," Guo said.

The rezoning could add another 2 million square feet of industrial entitlements to the rail hub at Florida's Gateway.

Guo is a licensed general contractor and professional engineer under his firm ZFI Engineering & Construction.

Recker Highway is an industrial corridor just south of the Auburndale city limits that runs parallel to the CSX freight line. Guo’s property is just north of a logistics park operated by Commercial Warehousing Inc. with more than 650,000 square feet of distribution and cold storage.

The Central Florida Business Park across the street sold in 2017 to Canada-based Amcor Holdings for $14.6 million. The 44-acre business park comprises six industrial warehouse buildings and two smaller office buildings totaling 677,153 square feet.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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