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.
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.
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.
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.