The Amazon Fulfillment Center project is moving ahead at blazing speeds. Clearing and grading on the Meadville Technology Park site started during the Christmas holiday. Already those passing the entrance on Meadowville Road can look through a tremendous canyon of felled trees toward the distant location of the Amazon center, which will be one million square feet in size.
“We talked a lot about when we pulled the trigger on these projects, and how quickly they were going to move,” said James J.L. “Jay” Stegmaier, Chesterfield County Administrator. “Curtis Construction has been given the grading contract and they started working over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. They are making a lot of progress very quickly.”
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors last week approved the Virginia Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund matching fund grant for $1 million. The grant will be given to Amazon.com.kydc LLC. Between the state and Chesterfield County, Amazon will receive about a $5 million credit toward the $10 million cost of the project site. The agreement with Amazon hinges upon the company making an investment at the facility of at least $85 million and to create and maintain at least 1,060 new jobs at the new facility by 2015. Amazon expects to have the facility constructed, staffed, and operational by November 2012.
“We expect an announcement of the general contractor for the project in the next couple of days,” Stegmaier said. “It is fairly amazing just how quickly these folks got on this job once it was announced.”