Alpine Fresh has proposed a cold storage facility for produce in Sweetwater.
The facility would total 77,000 square feet, with 10,035 square feet of office space on the second floor and the rest of the space dedicated to cold storage. There would be 102 parking spaces and a dozen loading spaces for tractor trailers.
APL16th LLC, an affiliate of the Doral-based produce supplier, filed a municipal pre-application with Miami-Dade County officials for the 3.73-acre site at the northeast corner of Northwest 15th Street and Northwest 129th Avenue. It acquired the property, which is currently used for truck parking, for $5.73 million in 2021. It’s located north of the western stretch of State Road 836/Dolphin Expressway. Sweetwater annexed the area in 2021.
“Alpine Fresh plans to relocate from Doral to a new, more efficient and larger facility that they will own,” said Eric Swanson of Avison Young, which represents the company in the project. “The company is growing and expects to add more jobs there. Hopefully, construction will start by the end of 2022 and work should take about a year.”
Miami-based attorney Nicholas Rodriguez and represents Alpine Fresh in the application, couldn’t be reached for comment. V3 Architectural Group in Miami designed the project.
There’s been strong demand for produce in South Florida as the population grows and more people dine out. Alpine Fresh distributes branded lines of produce including blueberries, Brussels sprouts, green beans and asparagus.