Love’s groundbreaking set for July 21

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Board of County Commissioners celebrated the groundbreaking of the first tenant of the Americas Gateway Logistics Center (AGLC) with a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 21. The groundbreaking for the new Love’s Travel Stop took place at the Glades County Regional Training Center, 1030 Industrial Drive, Moore Haven.

Members of the Glades County Legislative delegation, representatives from AGLC and other special guests were to celebrate the first project in the 770+ acre master-planned industrial and commercial campus.

According to Glades County Economic Development Council Executive Director Tracy Whirls, site work for the new 10,000 square foot facility has begun. The project is expected to employ 30 area residents under the auspices of Harman Construction, Inc. and subcontractors.

When complete in early 2017, the new 24/7 Love’s Travel Stop will bring approximately 40 new jobs to the area.

The first Love’s on U.S. 27 south of Haines City will include fuel and diesel pumps, an Arby’s restaurant, and convenience store items, such as snacks, fountain drinks, coffee, electronics, gift items and more. Professional drivers can take advantage of five showers and 77 truck-parking spaces.

“Highway 27 is an excellent freight corridor for professional drivers traveling to and from Port Everglades and Port Miami to the rest of the state,” said Kealey Dorian, communications specialist for Love’s. “With the great location close to the highway, we’re in a great position to serve members of the Glades County community and the motoring public.”

Construction of the $11 million travel stop marks the first step toward developing up to 9 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and manufacturing space on the 770-acre site owned by A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
“Once utilities and the entrance road serving the travel center are complete, enough land to accommodate approximately 1.5 million square feet  of commercial and industrial space at AGLC will be ‘shovel ready,’” said Erin Archey, president of Americas Gateway, LLC.

The company is actively seeking industrial and commercial tenants for the property, which features commercial frontage on U.S. 27 and a mile of direct rail.

The first phase of Americas Gateway Logistics Center is being developed as a public private partnership between Glades County and AGLC, Ms. Whirls said.

“Glades County secured a $300,000 rural infrastructure fund grant to complete the engineering necessary to marry the approximately 20-acre Glades County Business and Commerce Park to the entrance of Americas Gateway and a $1,154,967 Community Development Block Grant to extend the infrastructure from the business park to AGLC and that work is expected to begin in August,” Ms. Whirls said.

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