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Is Amazon coming to Daytona Beach?

A developer and general contractor known for building distribution centers for e-commerce giant Amazon have quietly begun clearing land along Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach.

While the companies aren’t saying what the project is, speculation is growing that it could be an Amazon distribution center.

“I’m hopeful that it’s a credible rumor,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry. “From my perspective, I hope it comes to fruition, but for now at this time it’s just a rumor.”

The 20-acre site is on Mason Avenue, directly east of the Trader Joe’s distribution center that opened in 2015.

Developer VanTrust Real Estate and general contractor The Conlan Co. last year teamed up to build a distribution center here along Clyde Morris Boulevard for German medical products maker B.Braun.

City officials confirmed that a building permit for the site at 2400 Mason Ave. was issued Feb. 18 to VanTrust, doing business as “JI Mason Avenue 319 LLC.”

The developer’s permit application stated its plans to build a 68,000-square-foot “industrial distribution building with office,” but the application did not name the end user. The estimated construction cost for the project is $13.8 million.

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