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Seefried Industrial Properties is seeking a conditional use permit for a 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center just off the Polk Parkway, near Florida Polytechnic University.
Seefried Industrial Properties is seeking a conditional use permit for a 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center just off the Polk Parkway, near Florida Polytechnic University. (Kimley-Horn)

Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties is hoping for a better outcome in its third effort to build a logistics center in Polk County.

Last year, Polk Commissioners rejected a proposal by Seefried to build a business park on the east side of U.S. 27 at Ronald Reagan Parkway with 1.4 million square feet of warehouse distribution space. Now the developer has found a 64 acre-site on Pace Road, south of Interstate 4 and just off the Polk Parkway, near the Lakeland logistics hub.

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Seefried's attorneys have applied for a Conditional Use permit (CU) from Polk County for the project, dubbed the Pace Road Distribution Center, for a total of 1.1 million square feet.

Seefried Industrial Properties is the latest developer to target the I-4/Polk Parkway area for a distribution warehouse center.
Seefried Industrial Properties is the latest developer to target the I-4/Polk Parkway area for a distribution warehouse center. (Polk County Property Appraiser/ staff edit)

The complex would be built in two phases, beginning with up to 850,000 square feet in Phase 1, followed by a separate distribution center of up to 250,000 square feet.

The site falls within the Polk Commerce Center Development of Regional Impact, and it has a future land use that allows for business park and industrial uses. The county still requires a CU for any building larger than 250,000 square feet.

Learn why Polk County officials denied a request to develop more distribution centers on U.S. 27 in Davenport.

The Seefried site is in the City of Auburndale Joint Planning Area. It's a half mile from the 1 million-square-foot facility by Prologis that received Industrial PUD approval from the city in May.

Seefried is the same company that's building a 2.3 million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Lake Nona. The developer is represented by Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson. The civil engineer is Kimley-Horn.

It would be part of a cluster of new distribution centers in development along Polk's I-4 corridor:

  • Houston-based Ridge Development filed construction plans in July for the first phase of a 1.35 million-square-foot distribution center on the former BridgeWater golf course in Lakeland. That project was initiated by Seefried in 2015.

Find out more about the Atlanta developer that's entering Lakeland's thriving logistics hub with plans for 700,000 square feet of industrial.

  • Ackerman & Co. paid $3.3 million earlier this month for the former Lakeland Dragstrip property on S.R. 33, and plans a 700,000-square-foot logistics center. The 56-acre parcel abuts the CenterState Logistics Center, where Brennan Investment Group is building a 440,000-square-foot spec warehouse.
  • In May, California-based Xebec acquired a 60-acre site on S.R. 33 and announced plans for a $39 million, 533,000-square-foot spec warehouse facility.

Since 2014, various developers have completed eight leases larger than 600,000 square feet in Central Florida, and seven of them are e-commerce related.

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