Nestle Waters North America is preparing to expand its distribution center near Casselberry by 66 percent, according to plans the company filed with Seminole County and the St. Johns River Water Management District.
The warehouse, located at 150 Lyman Road, is for bottled water and dispensers for Nestle's ReadyRefresh line of still and sparkling waters. The original 17,594-square-foot warehouse was built in 1988 and a smaller, 2,412-square-foot building added in 1997.
The expansion will be on 2.81 acres of company-owned, vacant land to the east and northeast of the current warehouse. Plans call for the smaller building, now a fleet shop, to be demolished, and the original building expanded by 14,030 square feet.
A dry retention pond will be excavated at the northeast end of the property, according to a preliminary site plan, along with 51 employee parking spaces and 43 truck parking slots, up from just 15 staff and visitor spaces now.
Nestle management, which declined to be interviewed, said through a spokesperson that construction will tentatively begin in early 2019 to "accommodate future growth and additional parking."
The project's site plan will go to Seminole County's Development Review Committee next Wednesday.
Because it is already zoned industrial and is an expansion of an existing site, Nestle does not need to go through a public hearing if the company meets the county's requirements, according to Danalee Petyk, senior planner in the county Development Services, Planning & Development Division.
SK Consortium Inc. of Maitland is civil engineer on the project.
Demand in the global bottled water market is expected to expand at a 6.44 percent compound annual growth rate from 2017 to 2024, according to a new industry research study by Transparency Market Research.
The global industry's valuation is expected to top $307 billion by 2024, up from a $198.5 billion evaluation last year. Drivers for the industry are expected to include growing popularity of carbonated and flavored water products.