ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — An Amazon warehouse and distribution center could be coming to St. Lucie County.
According to Peter Jones, the Economic Development Manager for the county, Amazon is leasing warehouse space at the Kings Highway Industrial Park, located at 7440 Commercial Circle in unincorporated Fort Pierce.
The 102-acre property includes 60,000 square feet of warehouse and secure office space located within five minutes of Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike.
Officials said the project, which is currently in the permitting phase, will eventually be used as a distribution center for the online retail giant.
"For a company with that type of global recognition, it's going to set precedents and it's just the beginning of what could happen," said Reginald Sessions, a Fort Pierce city commissioner.
Sessions told WPTV that while the distribution center will go in the county, he's hopeful it will bring an economic boost to Fort Pierce as well.
"We are gonna get blue collar workers back to work again," said Sessions, who added there will be a lot of jobs for drivers. "It's going to be very important to get them to hire local people."
Officials said county commissioners approved the site plan back in May.
County officials say this will create more than 200 jobs and construction is expected to be completed in mid-August.
WPTV has reached out to Amazon for a comment, but we haven't heard back yet.
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