Project Empire proposes 100-job, $64 million North Jacksonville distribution center (Courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal) — The Mayor’s Budget Review Committee is scheduled to consider advancing legislation for Project Empire, a $64 million, 100-job logistics and distribution center near Kraft and Eastport roads in North Jacksonville.
The unidentified company proposes to build a 400,000-square-foot building at an estimated $57 million and invest $7 million for machinery and equipment.
It proposes to create up to 100 jobs within a year of completing construction and installing the equipment.
Described as “a major international logistics and distribution company,” it proposes to distribute throughout the Southeast.
The Office of Economic Development asks the committee to authorize it to introduce legislation to City Council for a Recapture Enhanced Value Grant of up to $1.5 million over five years.
The grant is based on 50% of the increase in real and personal property taxes.
The company has about 400,000 employees globally and has a “significant presence in Florida” with similar operations in neighboring states, according to the city’s project summary.
The summary says the company is considering other cities in the Southeast for the facility and that the incentive is a material factor in its site decision.
The 100 jobs would comprise logisticians and warehouse receiving and shipping personnel.
The committee is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Aug 21 in the fourth-floor conference room at City Hall.