Amazon plans to create 1,500 new, full-time jobs with benefits in the high-tech Lake Nona workplace set to open in 2018.
Employees at the more than 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center, located along Boggy Creek Road just south of Orlando International Airport, will have opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics – as they pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.
Tavistock’s master-designed Lake Nona remains the region’s fastest-growing community with more than $1 billion of direct investment by Tavistock in its 36-month development pipeline. In addition to Tavistock’s pipeline, major projects like Amazon and KPMG, who has a $400-million learning center underway in Lake Nona’s Sports & Performance District, continue to position Lake Nona as one of the fastest-growing communities in America and a significant job creator for both the region and the state.
“We are bullish on attracting well-respected, global brands like KPMG and Amazon to Lake Nona,” said Jim Zboril, President of Tavistock Development Company. “Lake Nona has positioned itself nationwide as an ideal location, offering a collaborative approach, innovative amenities and infrastructure. We have a strong business development team that is out there every day competing against some of the nation’s top metropolitan markets. Lake Nona’s neo-urban location coupled with our innovative vision creates a compelling backdrop for companies looking for that next great place to call home.”
This spring, Tavistock Development advanced plans with Orange County to expand Boggy Creek Road to accommodate this project. Tavistock Development will oversee the construction and share in the costs of development.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Amazon to Central Florida, and look forward to this legendary innovator becoming a part of our community,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We’ve worked hard to expedite permitting and other County functions in order to get this new type of fulfillment distribution center – including Amazon Robotics and a significant investment in technology – up and running. This is a huge win for Central Florida and a wonderful opportunity for our entire community, including the 1,500 employees who will join the Amazon team and all those who will benefit from Amazon’s well-known commitment to the local community.”
Since Tavistock’s initial acquisition of Lake Nona years ago, Tavistock has continued to partner with government to fast track the development of key infrastructure projects in southeast Orlando/Orange County, from the construction of the Lake Nona Blvd/SR 417 interchange, to the major expansion of Narcoossee Road, regional parks and more. In early 2017, Tavistock Development Company advanced plans with Orange County to expand Boggy Creek Road to accommodate this project. Tavistock Development Company will oversee the construction of these improvements.
“We have always said that Lake Nona is a long-term project for us – a marathon and not a sprint,” Zboril said. “Every step of our development is carefully contemplated and thoughtfully designed for the future – the future of cities perhaps. We are creating the ideal place that inspires human potential through innovative collaboration. This bold vision drives everything that we do, every day. We are tenacious.”
The project is being developed in a partnership between Seefried Industrial Properties and an affiliate of USAA Real Estate Company. Tavistock Development Company entitled and sold the 130-acre property, and will develop the infrastructure for the project.