Construction has started on Amazon’s new Charlotte distribution center, for which published reports indicate that $211.6 in building permits have been issued.
The work is on a 100-acre site north of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Charlotte City Council earlier approved $13.4 million in incentives for the economic development project code-named “Quattro,” a reference to Amazon’s fourth facility in the Charlotte area.
The city is selling the land for $7.5 million to CF Hippolyta Charlotte LLC. In Greek mythology, Hippolyta was an Amazonian queen, the Charlotte Observer has reported.
Meanwhile, an Amazon affiliate recently signed a memorandum of lease agreement with the Atlanta developer that bought three Kernersville sites being primed for a potential fulfillment center, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
Amazon’s proposed Triad plans are for a one million-square-foot center near the FedEx Ground operations, within 10 miles of the FedEx sorting hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
John H. Boyd, a national site-selection expert based in New Jersey, said Monday that the Charlotte plans “are definitely an in-addition-to project for Amazon” along with the Kernersville project, the Observer reported.
“Amazon recognized, under its new growth strategy, that it is shy of distribution centers in North Carolina,” Boyd said.
“I’m not at all surprised that it is planning such a center in Charlotte.”