SUSSEX — Online
retail giant Amazon may be looking beyond Milwaukee for its second
headquarters but it is eyeing a recently vacated warehouse in Sussex
for its latest sorting facility in the state.
commissioners voted this week to set a public hearing in March to
consider a conditional use permit for the proposed delivery center,
which would take up about 114,000 square feet of a
200,000-square-foot building in an industrial park off Corporate
had originally been home to Huffy Sports, but was last used by
Quad/Graphics for its QuadMed operations and paper storage, Village
Administrator Jeremy Smith said.
Attempts to get
Amazon to comment on how many people might be employed at the center
were unsuccessful on Thursday, but a plan of operation submitted to
the village indicates that Amazon plans to construct an
11,000-squarefoot parking lot that could accommodate 278 parking
already 239 parking spaces in an existing lot at the building.
the retailer's 1-million square-foot distribution center in Kenosha,
the Sussex facility would only be used to sort packages awaiting
packages are brought in via truck and remain in sealed boxes,” a
brief explanation of operations states. “Packages are then sorted
and placed on mobile carts for less than 24 hours before being
placed into delivery vans.”
Asked about what
the news means for Sussex, Smith said the village is always grateful
to have additional businesses and jobs.
“I think it's
great. Certainly for our residents and business community having a
(delivery) center for Amazon close by means we should be enjoying
pretty quick delivery times,” Smith said. “There will be more people
coming to our community and hopefully stopping at restaurants and
using gas stations and all the other services.”