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Article by: Derek Gilliam

Amazon will operate a sortation facility out of Jacksonville’s Westside Industrial Park after permits were filed this week for a building at 4948 Bulls Bay Highway.

The building permits that were uploaded to the city of Jacksonville’s online inspection portal lists May 2 as the date the record was created.

The most recent permits applications total $3.3 million. The permit lists the project as “ sort center JASX” and will involve installation of a manual sortation and conveyor system for small package. That portion of the project will cost $2.3 million.

A second permit would involve build out on the property of offices, an IT cage room, a trucker’s lounge, restrooms and dock levelers in 19,245 square feet of space. The job cost for “phase three” was $1 million with Hitt Contracting Inc. listed as the contractor for that building permit.

This latest move by Amazon continues a wave that started in 2016 when it announced two distribution centers, creating thousands of jobs for Jacksonville’s local economy. The 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center for large packages at 13333 103rd St. had its $3 million roofing permit approved last week.

A 2.4-million-square-foot distribution center near the Jacksonville International airport will create 1,500 jobs, according to economic development legislation filed with the city in 2016.

This latest project would help connect packages from the distribution centers to carriers, which ultimately bring products to customers.

Amazon has not commented about its Jacksonville projects outside of announcements connected to the distribution centers.