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Nov. 9, 2017 - 900 acres for central Florida jobs; county and property owner take first steps toward second commerce park in Marion County

Post Date:11/09/2017 8:33 AM

Immediate release
Nov. 9, 2017
Media contact:
Nick Zoller, Public Relations Director
Office: 352-438-2310 ▪ Cell: 352-615-5994
Email: nick.zoller@marioncountyfl.org

900 acres for central Florida jobs; county and property owner take first steps toward second commerce park in Marion County

Who:

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners (MCBCC), McGinley Farm owner Richard McGinley, and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP).

What:

Media event on site at the McGinley Farm property, providing a look at the future home of the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park, signing the Memorandum of Terms, and interviews with officials and property owner.

When:

10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Where:

McGinley Farm, future site of the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park. Located on County Road 484, 3 miles west of the I-75/CR 484 interchange.

Why:

Jobs and economic growth often start with the stroke of a pen and a partnership – and that’s just what’s happening on Nov. 13 when the MCBCC and property owner Richard McGinley are set to sign a Memorandum of Terms for future development of McGinley Farm as the county’s second large-scale commerce park.

The site’s 900 acres sit at the crossroads of Florida, an ideal location for manufacturing and distribution centers with the potential to create upwards of 3,000 jobs. The site is:

  • Large enough to offer 200-plus acre parcels, a unique accommodation for companies requiring facilities of 1 million square feet (common for distribution/manufacturing).
  • Less than three miles from I-75, providing easy access to shipping sites across Florida.
  • Less than two hours from Tampa and Orlando, and a one-day haul to Miami.
  • In an area with a large, local workforce – 50,000 residents live within 5 miles of the site. The area currently offers 4,000 jobs, forcing most residents to commute for work.

“Six years ago, the commission signed an agreement to develop the Ocala/Marion County Commerce Park in northwest Marion,” said Commissioner Carl Zalak III. “Today, the park is home to two Fortune 500 companies, nearly 1,500 jobs, 1.4 million square feet of new construction and $270 million in capital investment. We expect the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park to achieve similar success, leveraging Marion’s distinctive qualities that make it a hub for state and nationwide commerce.”

The Board of County Commissioners has approved land use changes to accommodate a commerce park and proposed $28 million of access, transportation and utilities improvements. The county has applied for funding from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and is awaiting approval by the governor.

“The Florida Crossroads Commerce Park will be one of the premier logistics and manufacturing sites in all of Florida and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership is excited to be a part of this project, “said Ken Ausley, CEP Chairman of the Board. We are confident that the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park will help support Marion County’s mission to advance a growing and diversified job market that promotes healthy, sustainable economic growth.”

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