Seefried planning 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center near FL Polytechnic

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. 

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.

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.
  • 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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