The Santa Rosa County board of county commissioners gave approval to Santa Rosa County Economic Development to seek a proposal for the construction of a 50,000 square-foot spec building in the Northwest Industrial Park at I-10 to attract more industry to the county.
"One of the key insights we have learned is that due to lack of quality, large industrial space, many companies/site selectors are not considering Santa Rosa County," said Shannon Ogletree, Economic Development Director. "Additional product is needed to separate us from other counties located in Northwest Florida, South Alabama, and other areas of the southeast and the construction of a 50,000 square-foot facility will be part of that separation factor."
The “Building a Better Santa Rosa County" strategic plan from Garner Economics recommended construction of an industrial shell building, no less than 50,000 square feet and expandable to 100,000 square feet with a ceiling height of no less than 32 feet. This design would allow for distribution/logistics firms to stack pallets and with proper design, the building would be multi-functional and be adaptable to different industries.