BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORTER
ISLE CASINO POMPANO E-COMMERCE DISTRIBUTION CENTER: An e-commerce distribution center planned for the Isle Casino Pompano Park property received site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Board last month.
The distribution center is part of the redevelopment of the Isle Casino property into Live! Resorts Pompano – a large-scale mixed-use project that includes entertainment, retail, dining, hotel, residential, office and logistics components.
The distribution center will consist of an approximately 517,000-square-foot sortation facility and an approximately 141,000-square-foot delivery station that will operate 24/7.
The distribution center will occupy roughly 96 acres on the east side of the 223-acre Isle Casino site, which is located on the southeast corner of Powerline Road and SW 3rd Street (Racetrack Road).
The e-commerce facility wasn’t in the original plans, but in 2020 the City Commission approved adding it at the request of The Cordish Companies, the master developer of Live! Resorts Pompano.
In order to accommodate the e-commerce facility, the Commission approved a land use plan amendment that decreased the property’s office use and added an industrial use. The Commission also approved a rezoning amendment to allow the industrial use.
The revised plans were a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to David Cordish, Chairman of the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies. Cordish told the Commission that with more people working remotely, less office space was more appropriate and the e-commerce facility would “jump start” the Live! Resorts Pompano project in a difficult economic environment.
The e-commerce facility is being developed by Indianapolis-based Scannell Properties, also known as SPA Properties, LLC, for a “world-renowned” e-commerce distribution and logistics firm. Although the name of the firm has not been disclosed due to a non-disclosure agreement, the designs for the sortation facility and delivery station feature a blue stripe on the upper part of the buildings that is characteristic of Amazon facilities.
Many residents in the Cypress Bend multi-family development south of the project site, and in the Palm Aire neighborhood to the west, were against adding the industrial use to the project, mainly due to concerns over the truck traffic that would be generated by the e-commerce distribution center.
Approximately 170 trailer trucks (18 wheelers) and 75 box trucks will access the sortation facility daily to drop off and pick up sorted packages. It is anticipated approximately 21 line-haul trucks (tractor trailers) will deliver packages to the delivery station each day, primarily from 10pm to 8am.
Trucks for both the delivery station and sortation facility will be required to enter and exit the site through a restricted access point at the northeast corner of the site, on Racetrack Road. Truck movement will be prohibited west on Racetrack Road and through the property onto Powerline Road.
The e-commerce distribution center will include over five miles of underground conduit that will be used for electric vehicle charging stations, which are anticipated to be fully operational two years after the opening.
The sortation facility is expected to create about 1,000 jobs, and the delivery station about 140 jobs, which is a primary reason the City Commission was in favor of adding the e-commerce component to the Live! Resorts Pompano project.
An 8-foot-high buffer wall will be installed along the entire west side of the industrial development area.
To protect the neighbors to the south of the sortation facility, the plans include an over 50-foot buffer area along the southern property line, which fronts Cypress Bend Drive. The buffer includes a 20-foot-high sound barrier wall, a landscaped berm and canopy trees. In addition, the sortation facility is set back approximately 400 feet from the southern property line.
Scannell Properties has built warehouse facilities for Amazon and FedEx in other cities. Pompano Beach already has an Amazon delivery station on North Andrews Avenue Extension, north of Copans Road.
The Isle Casino Pompano Park, owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, is currently being rebranded as Harrah’s Pompano Beach. Live! Resorts Pompano will complement and encompass the existing casino facility, which is being expanded and renovated.
Currently, the City of Pompano Beach is reviewing site plans for other components of the Live! Resorts Pompano project – an entertainment complex, a retail development that includes a Publix, a Topgolf sports entertainment venue, and a major road system.
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