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Lowndes Advises Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties in a Deal With Amazon

August 18, 2020

Lowndes provided zoning and land use services to Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties in its role in developing a new last-mile fulfillment center for Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. in Apopka, Fla.

SIF Apopka Distribution Center LLC, an entity formed through a partnership between Seefried and global asset manager Nuveen Real Estate, paid nearly $14.4 million for the 43.6-acre parcel of vacant land. Entitlements allow for the construction of a 201,475-square-foot distribution center. Known as “DFL5 Apopka Last Mile,” the warehouse development will include more than 1,550 parking spaces, including employee parking, van storage space and trailer box loading space.

Lowndes attorneys Rebecca Wilson, who chairs the firm’s Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group, and McGregor Love assisted Seefried with the entitlement and due diligence process. 


Rebecca

Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.


As early as 6th grade, Becky Wilson advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the south, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and southern charm were responsible in part for her recent appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.

McGregor

McGregor Love assists clients with entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office, and mixed use.


McGregor works with local governments and other regulatory authorities to address the needs of clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, site plan approval, variance and waiver requests, due diligence, and property rights.

With a background in land use and business litigation, McGregor previously worked for other law firms where he focused on the representation of Florida businesses and business investors.

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