The developer planning to build up to 1.4 million square feet of warehouse on more than 200 acres off State Road 82, just east of Interstate 75, withdrew its application to the city of Fort Myers, prompting the cancelation of a public meeting, said Nicole DeVaughn, planning manager for the city’s community development department.
The city’s Board of Adjustments was scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon to be presented with a “conditional use request” by Seefried Development, which already partnered with Amazon on its two new buildings off Alico Road in south Lee County.
The meeting will be rescheduled after Seefried resubmits its application later this year likely within the next three months, DeVaughn said.
Paul Seefried, senior vice president of development for Seefried Properties, declined to comment at this time.
Phase One of “Project Rainforest” of the withdrawn proposal would have had just under 650,000 square feet of warehouse space. That’s bigger than the size of three Walmart superstores.
The first phase would have had 55 loading docks, 418 trailer parking stalls and 1,772 car parking stalls and water retention ponds around it.
Phase Two would have had just fewer than 830,000 square feet of warehouse space in three buildings of 380,000, 240,000 and 210,000 square feet.
The buildings would be located between Omni Lane and Lightard Knott Lane, near the entrance to the Forum, just east of the interstate.
The warehouse and distribution center will provide more than 1,000 jobs that pay between $15 and $17 an hour, according to a packet provided in advance to the city.