Amazon distribution center construction set to finish in March, bring up to 100 jobs
An Amazon distribution center coming to Collier County is under construction and is expected to create up to 100 jobs.
The proposed distribution center — used to receive packages, sort them and deliver them to customers — will be housed in a 105,000-square-foot building at Davis and Collier boulevards, according to documents and plans submitted to the county.
The facility will have about 70-80 warehouse associates and 10-20 management positions, county staff said in an email to the Daily News.
"Amazon already has active job recruitments for the facility," county staff wrote.
It is not known how much the jobs would pay or what share of workers would come from Southwest Florida. Amazon did not respond to an email with questions.
County staff did not know when Amazon plans to have the facility up and running.
However, the project appears to have obtained all the county approvals needed for construction and the construction schedule lists a start date of Nov. 23 and completion date of March 22, according to county staff.
Plans for the project were first reported by the Daily News in June after the item came before county commissioners as part of their summary agenda.
Commissioners then unanimously agreed that the online retail giant's planned project, known as a "Last Mile" distribution facility, is a "comparable and compatible use" on roughly 18 acres designated for commercial development at the southwest corner of Davis and Collier boulevards where the shell of an unoccupied shopping center has stood for years.
County staff told the Daily News in June that Amazon is proposing to use a structure originally approved as a shopping center, modifying it to accommodate additional truck bays. The development, known as Davis Crossing, was partially constructed but never occupied.
The distribution center would be located in an Innovation Zone created by commissioners in 2018. The zones are intended to promote economic development and diversify the local economy.
A new center for a major distributor of shipping, packaging and industrial supplies would sit in the same innovation zone.
Commissioners in October unanimously approved an agreement with Uline Corp. for the construction of a regional distribution center near the county's new amateur sports complex, which sits east of Collier Boulevard and north of Interstate 75.
The Wisconsin-based company plans to build a nearly 1 million-square-foot regional distribution facility that would employ about 190 warehouse and 30 office workers.