Progress in Ocala and Gainesville With An Auto Parts Hub and New Apartment Building

August 16, 2016


It appears an additional 192 full time jobs may be heading to Ocala as Autozone wants to build a 444,000 square foot distribution and warehousing facility next to the recently opened Fedex building.  The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership has been working with the auto parts chain for the past two years and has created financial incentives that comes with Autozone creating 192 jobs with annual salaries averaging $38,000. Those incentive plans will be discussed at tonight's city and county commission meetings, which calls for the city and county to pay Autozone $3.75 million over 30 years, provide electrical service at reduced rates for the first five years and cover various application and permit fees.  Florida will kick in $1.152 million. If all goes to plan, the new facility could start construction this year. Speaking of building, a 5-story apartment building is being pitched for the 1200 block of west University in Gainesville.  The current structures that once housed Florida Book Store Volume III and the Schwinn shop would be demolished with 40-50 apartments with ground floor retail taking its place. The project is still in the design phase before it is submitted to the city for approval.  The developer, Bravura Partners of Athens, Georgia, is the developer of "The Ridge at Gainesville" apartment complex on SW 24th Avenue just north of Butler Plaza.

SOURCE: Autozone Distribution Facility - Ocala Star-Banner

SOURCE: Five-Story Apartment Building - Gainesville Sun

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