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More details emerge on massive warehouse dubbed ‘Project Rainforest’ planned for Fort Myers

Amazon facility site in Fort Myers

More details have emerged in the form of public records over what could become an Amazon warehouse and distribution center measuring up to almost a combined 1.5 million square feet.  

There will be a city of Fort Myers board of adjustments public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at city hall to approve the use of this future warehouse.

Lexington Palms at the Forum, a 302-unit apartment complex, would be the new facility’s closest neighbor. The complex is owned by Aspen Square, which plans on sending a representative to the public hearing.

“We’re in a little bit of wait-and-see mode,” said Pat Keane, chief operating officer of Aspen Square. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to stop development. We’re not going to be ‘not-in-my-backyard’ types. But we have concerns. Concerns about traffic. As long as Seefried and Amazon address our concerns, we’ll be a team player.”

Amazon’s name has yet to surface in any public records, but the Atlanta-based Seefried Development has. Seefried also developed Amazon’s new sort facility off Alico Road and has a history of working with the e-commerce giant.

The city has renderings of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, which was nicknamed “Project Rainforest.”

The property is 200-plus acres and lies just south of Lee County Conservation 20/20 lands and just to the northwest of the start of the Six Mile Slough.

Phase 1 calls for about a 650,000-square-foot building that would have 55 loading docks, 418 trailer parking stalls and 1,772 car parking stalls. It would have retention ponds around it.

Phase 2 would have buildings of 380,000, 240,000 and 210,000 square feet.

The buildings would be located between Omni Lane, the road that leads to the apartment complex, and Lightard Knott Lane, which are both off State Road 82 and near the entrance to the Forum, just east of Interstate 75.

The project is expected to generate more than 1,000 jobs, according to public records.

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