Amazon proposes sorting facility in Sussex
Would use warehouse in industrial park off Corporate Circle

By Cara Spoto - Freeman Staff

Feb. 22, 2018

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.

Village plan 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 Circle.

The building 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 spots.

There are already 239 parking spaces in an existing lot at the building.

Different from the retailer's 1-million square-foot distribution center in Kenosha, the Sussex facility would only be used to sort packages awaiting delivery.

“Consumer 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.”