Major Shipping Terminal Proposed For Jacksonville

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Metro Jacksonville is pleased to announce that Texas-based U.S. Development Group has purchased and is poised to transform the former 39-acre PCS Phosphate site into a massive bulk shipping terminal along the St. Johns River.

The targeted industrial site was billed as "Florida's fastest-loaded phosphate rock terminal" when Occidental Agricultural Chemicals Corporation opened it in 1966.  Operations ceased in 1999, when new owner PCS decided to consolidate their phosphate export distribution system through a similar facility in Morehead City, N.C.  U.S. Development Group has been working on plans to lease the property from Norfolk Southern to construct and operate a bulk shipping terminal capable of handling dry and liquid bulk.  Redevelopment plans include reusing six in-line concrete silos and six 100' diameter bulk tanks currently remaining on the site.  These industrial amenities will be joined by a private 1000' concrete dock capable of 38' draft, and a unit train capable railyard west of Wigmore Street.  While the full development of operations will be a work in progress, the initial phase of the terminal is expected to open the first quarter of 2012.

JaxBulk's proposed site development plan along Wigmore Street.

JaxBulk will be the second privately-owned shipping terminal to recently locate on Wigmore Street.  Just to the south, in early July, Mayor Brown and Governor Scott attended the grand opening of the $100 million, 110-acre Keystone Terminal.  Also served by Norfolk Southern, Keystone is designed to receive imported coal, petroleum Coke and other dry bulk materials supplied by truck, rail or barge.

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About U.S. Development Group

The growing success of U.S. Development Group (USD) is based on its proven ability to identify and acquire location-critical real estate throughout the United States to support a strategy of:

Managing the entire process of designing, financing, constructing, operating and owning an expanding nationwide network of terminal facilities and infrastructure that provides options for real Customer-driven logistics solutions for:

- Railcar storage

- Unit train staging

- Bulk loading/offloading

- Maintenance and cleaning

- Improved fleet management and utilization

- Truck-railcar-marine transloading

- Liquids terminalling

- Order fulfillment

Until now, these options may have been inaccessible, unavailable or uneconomical to Customers attempting to manage their supply and distribution processes within the constraints of the present infrastructure of the railroads.
USD personnel represent years of extensive experience in banking and finance, real estate development and operations management within the railroad, chemical manufacturing and terminalling industries – having served in the role of a supplier and/or Customer of rail and terminalling services themselves.
USD is uniquely qualified to work FOR the Customer by way of the manner in which it works WITH the railroads. In fact, railroads are counted among key USD Customers. USD takes time to understand the particulars of each Customer’s rail logistics processes and challenges and then develops real solutions implemented through the design of its rail facilities and supported by USD’ own Customer Service Center in Houston.
USD's current network of logistics facilities:

- Bayport Rail Terminal (Houston, TX)

- West Colton Rail Terminal (Rialto, CA)

- San Antonio Rail Terminal (San Antonio, TX)

- St. James Rail Terminal (St. James, LA)

- Dallas/Fort Worth Rail Terminal (Arlington, TX); KM/USD JV Terminal

- Linden Transload Terminal (Linden, NJ); KM/USD JV Terminal

- Baltimore Transload Terminal (Baltimore, MD); KM/USD JV Terminal

Future properties are being targeted in the southeast, upper mid-west and western United States, as well as Canada, toward the development of an integrated network of rail logistics facilities.

JaxBulk will occupy the site of the former PCS Phosphate Terminal. Image courtesy of nomeus via

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Article by Ennis Davis.