Amazon has bought land in Orlando for a planned 850,000 square-foot, high-tech fulfillment center. The internet retailer paid $26.9m for the plot of land, which is part of Tavistock Development Company’s master-planned community in Central Florida.
“Amazon is doing high-tech fulfillment centers in a variety of strategic locations throughout the country,” said Skipper Peek, v.p. of commercial development at Tavistock Development. “This allows for two-day service in the U.S., and some products can even be delivered within an hour or two.” Amazon is expected to spend well into the nine figures to develop the 130-acre plot at Lake Nona, he added.
The fulfillment center is expected to create more than 1,500 full-time jobs, with Amazon panning to hold the property for the long-term, according to Shevaun Brown, an Amazon spokesman. “We want to make sure a fulfillment center is as close to the customer as possible to ensure we can offer great Prime service and fast shipping speeds to customers,” added Brown. “We’re on our ninth generation of fulfillment center – including the new facility in Orlando – and each generation utilizes more and more technology such as Amazon Robotics, which helps us fulfill orders even more efficiently.”
Tavistock is planning more than $1bn of direct investment in Lake Nona over the next 36 months. KPMG has a more than $400m National Training Center underway in Lake Nona’s Sports & Performance District. Lake Nona is also home to the U.S. Tennis Association’s new national 63-acre campus while its Medical City is a 650-acre health and life sciences park that counts as tenants University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Delaware-based Nemours Children’s Hospital. In addition to an existing a dual-branded Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn, three new hotels are in development, including a resort adjacent to the USTA campus, one in the Lake Nona Town Center, and a third along Boggy Creek Road in the new Creekside shopping center.
Since English currency trader Joe Lewis’ acquisition of the then-underperforming Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in 1996, Tavistock has joined forces with the government to develop infrastructure projects in southeast Orlando and Orange Counties, from the construction of the Lake Nona Boulevard and SR 417 interchange to the expansion of Narcoossee Road and regional parks. In early 2017, Tavistock advanced plans with Orange County to expand Boggy Creek Road to accommodate this project. The project is located at the intersection of Boggy Creek Road and Jeff Fuqua Boulevard just south of Orlando International Airport.