Luke Scanlon

Amazon to release Hazelwood decision

HAZELWOOD, MO/May 16, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) Amazon – Hazelwood has patiently awaited a response from regarding their decision to open a new distribution center in the Hazelwood Logistics Center.  To include more than just one distribution facility, the confirmation from Amazon would be huge for many reasons, and provide numerous, lucrative job openings sought after by local residents.  The online retail giant would occupy about 400,000 square feet spread over two buildings in the business park, which is being developed by Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development.

Prior to today, David Cox, an economic developer with the city of Hazelwood, reported to the St. Louis Business Journal that Amazon was indeed scouting the business park located near the intersection of Hazelwood Logistics Center Drive and Lindbergh Boulevard.  The center, according to Cox, would be a last mile distribution center where products can go from the warehouse right to the front door that day.  Amazon already owns two large fulfillment facilities in Edwardsville that opened in 2016.

NorthPoint Development did not respond with a comment at this time.

Hazelwood’s City Council this past April approved issuance of $25 million in industrial revenue bonds that will allow NorthPoint to buy construction materials without having to pay a sales tax for Buildings V and VI of the development.  Building V, according to local officials, is planned to be a $148,853-square-foot facility with Building VI expected to be 269,545 square feet.  JLL’s David Branding, a leasing agent for NorthPoint at Hazelwood Logistics Park, stated that there was no deal for them to report on quite yet.

This past January, Amazon released a statement indicating their intention to grow the company’s full-time U.S.-based workforce from 180,000 last year to more than 280,000 by the middle of 2018.  Most of these jobs are to be created from the new fulfillment centers that the company is erecting around the country.