“We want to be community partners”: Amazon makes pitch to Niagara Town Board

“We need to be neighborhood companions”: Amazon makes pitch to Niagara City Board

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NIAGARA, NY (MB) — On Tuesday evening, Amazon met with Niagara City Board members at a workshop to debate the brand new mega-distribution facility deliberate for Lockport Street.

Mission leaders from Amazon, Phillips Lytle LLP, JB2 Parnters, LLC, Langan Engineering and SRF Associates introduced to the board members. That is much like the displays they made beforehand with the Niagara County Planning Board and Zoning Board.

Preliminary planning phases are within the works for an enormous new distribution facility at 8995 Lockport Rd. within the City of Niagara. This warehouse shall be a primary mile facility, which means it would primarily serve native residents who purchase merchandise from the corporate.

“Should you’re shopping for your annual Payments gear, it is going to be saved in a facility like this shut by,” Amazon Financial Improvement Supervisor Maura Kennedy stated.

Niagara County officers confirmed the e-commerce big was coming to Niagara County, after months of going by the moniker Mission FiFi. The undertaking cleared the County Planning Board final month.

The proposal will create jobs each at Amazon and throughout the development course of.

“We’re actually trying to convey financial alternative to the jurisdiction via this funding. We’re trying to create 1,000 full time positions. All [of them] on common make $18 or extra per hour,” Kennedy added.

One major concern from the City Board members and residents is visitors. The location has three entrances off of Lockport Street. Nearly 500 vans will enter and exit the power over the course of 24 hours, seven days per week. There’s additionally an exit on Tuscarora Street for passenger automobiles. An preliminary visitors evaluation was accomplished by SRF Associates, which concluded that peak hours for the power don’t interrupt prime commuting occasions on the major intersections.

“They’ve shifts that happen within the morning and within the night. These shift occasions do not overlap with the intersection peak hours,” Amy Dake, senior managing visitors engineer at SRF Associates, stated.

Some ideas included making changes to Interstate 190 to accommodate extra visitors. Moreover, the Board needs to be taught extra in regards to the economics and the way the power will generate cash for the city.

“Usually a facility of this dimension goes to generate considerably extra in tax income than it would in price to the city,” Kim Mason, companion at Phillips Lytle LLP, continued.

Native officers had been largely optimistic, saying they need the undertaking to undergo, from what they’ve seen up to now.

“We’re just a little guarded as a result of we’re involved about our constituents, however I am unable to say a adverse about something up to now. I believe you guys did your homework earlier than you even introduced us a presentation,” Deputy Supervisor Charles Teixeira stated.

The subsequent steps will are available in Could when the undertaking goes earlier than the City, Zoning and Planning Boards once more. There may even be a public remark interval earlier than a ultimate vote.

The corporate was already planning to name Western New York residence, however that undertaking fell aside when residents on Grand Island pushed again in 2020. In the identical yr, City of Niagara Supervisor Lee Wallace despatched a letter, saying his city was “totally on board and dedicated to help in bringing this nice undertaking to Niagara County.”

The power shall be 4 tales, greater than 3 million square-feet, constructed on a 216-acre plot and can characteristic 55 loading docks, 414 trailer parking stalls, 1,755 parking stalls and two guard buildings. It will cowl 7% of the property, in accordance with the appliance by JB2 Companions, LLC., and 105 acres shall be left untouched.

The City of Niagara posted a number of of the planning paperwork on their web site. Assembly minutes from the March Planning Board assembly may be discovered right here.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better crew as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You may observe Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.