Amazon.com’s plans for a $550 million e-commerce distribution facility in the Town of Niagara – and its request for $124 million in tax breaks – got a warm reception Wednesday from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, with IDA board members calling it a project of historic proportions for the area. The IDA votes at its next meeting in August but the $124 million in tax breaks seems likely, despite criticism from area residents.
The fulfillment center – where products would be stored and sent out for the initial stage of delivery to customers – would be one of the company’s newest and most advanced with more than $100 million in robotic material handling equipment. It would also employ more than 1,000 full-time workers.
Phillips Lytle Partner Kimberly Nason said Amazon’s traffic consultant had evaluated several major roads and intersections initially, but reviewed more intersections based on feedback, and also looked at the Air Reserve Station entrances and considered the impact of weekend drills. The Department of Transportation has backed these additional steps. Nason also said the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station officials have been contacted and their concerns have been addressed.
The article, “Amazon Project Gets Warm Reception from NCIDA Over Tax Break Request.” can be access on The Buffalo News website.