NEW YORK CITY—Construction is commencing shortly on what has been billed as the single largest job creator ever on Staten Island—a new $100-million Amazon fulfillment center on the West Shore at the Matrix Global Logistics Park.
New York State officials and Amazon announced the 855,000-square-foot project on Wednesday. Amazon says that when completed next year the facility will create 2,250 new, full-time jobs.
The facility is being developed by Matrix Development Group of Monroe Township, NJ, the owner of the Matrix Global Logistics Park. Matrix is expected to begin construction immediately on the Amazon project. In addition, the park also includes a 975,000-square-foot building that is being built on spec. Work on that building began in the first quarter of this year and is nearing completion.
“Amazon’s decision to establish the first state-of-the-art fulfillment center in New York affirms our position at the forefront of the growing global innovation economy, and this investment will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for the Staten Island community,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “New York continues to demonstrate that we have the workforce, the technology, and the pro-business climate to help companies grow and succeed.”
The Amazon fulfillment center is the company’s first in New York State and will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics. The firm’s U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 70 fulfillment centers.
Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s VP of customer fulfillment said, “We are excited to bring our first fulfillment center to New York and work alongside the state’s incredible workforce. The support of local leaders has been instrumental in our ability to come to New York, and we are grateful for the welcome we’ve received to bring thousands of new jobs with benefits starting on day one.”
Empire State Development has offered Amazon up to $18 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. In addition to the 2,250 new jobs at the facility, Amazon will retain an additional 886 jobs in New York over the next five years in exchange for the incentives.
Staten Island officials hailed the deal with Amazon as a major job generator and a boost to its West Shore. Staten Island borough president James S. Oddo said of the deal, “We’ve been talking about the West Shore of Staten Island as our borough’s ‘Jobs Coast,’ and today that talk becomes reality in a big way. In fact, this project will be the biggest single job creator in our borough’s history.”
Matrix Development has been a major player in the industrial market in New Jersey and the New York metro region for that matter. The firm has developed in excess of 35 million square feet of industrial space throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and 100% of those facilities are fully occupied.
The firm was an industrial development pioneer of the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8A and later Exit 7A markets, building more than 10 million square feet of properties that have transformed those locales into one of the strongest logistics corridors in the region.
Matrix recently completed a 565,000-square-foot building for pharmaceutical firm AmeriSource Bergen and paper goods company Amscam in Newburgh, NY.
At Exit 8A in New Jersey, Matrix recently completed a 550,000-square-foot building for Central Garden and Pets. In Salem County in South Jersey, Matrix developed a 705,000-square-foot development for Jet.com.
In addition to the Amazon building and adjoining property at the Matrix Global Logistics Park on Staten Island, Matrix is also currently building a 1.2 million-square-foot speculative warehouse building in Shippensburg, PA, a 650,000-square-foot speculative building and a 350,000-square-foot speculative building in Salem County in New Jersey. In total, Matrix is building more than 3 million square feet of speculative projects so far this year.