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Update: Conflicting reports surface on potential Amazon move to Industry City

Online retail juggernaught Amazon is considering a move into Brooklyn's Industry City, Crain's reported.
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It’s prime real estate?

Sources claim that online-retail juggernaut Amazon is considering an expansion into Sunset Park’s Industry City — even though a spokeswoman for the tech giant denied that the company had plans to move to Brooklyn.

Crain’s reported on Wednesday that the $1 trillion multinational retailer is on the hunt for a new logistics facility, where it would store and ship items to customers. A source told Crain’s that while it’s unclear how much space Amazon is looking to lease, the tech company could rent as much as 1 million square feet in the 16-building facility. Another source told Bloomberg that the discussions are still in their early stages.

However, a spokeswoman for Amazon responding to a Brooklyn Paper request for comment said the company has no plans to open any additional Brooklyn facilities.

A rep for Industry City played coy regarding any potential negotiations with the blockbuster tenant.

“While it’s clear that a number of companies are looking to satisfy their ‘last mile’ needs in Brooklyn, we decline to comment on any specific negotiations that might be underway,” said Industry City spokeswoman Lisa Serbaniewicz, using a transportation term that refers to the last leg of a supply chain.

The Crain’s report comes five months after Amazon pulled out of its plans to develop a massive Queens facility to serve as headquarters to Jeff Bezos’ retail empire, and almost two years after Industry City’s owners tried — and failed — to lure the tech giant to the Sunset Park complex. In 2017, Industry City executive Andrew Kimball promised 5 million of the 7.5 million square feet campus to Amazon, hoping to court the well-heeled multinational and the 50,000 jobs it would bring, Gothamist reported.

Amazon has been rapidly expanding its logistical capabilities in New York City over the last few years, opening a facility in Staten Island in 2018 that takes up nearly a million square feet, and leasing a 100,000-foot space in the Bronx earlier this year, Crain’s reported.

“A real estate source familiar with Amazon’s thinking said the company anticipates needing millions of additional square feet as it continues to grow in the city,” the Crain’s article claimed.

Amazon already has a presence in Brooklyn — and right next to Industry City. In 2015, the tech company signed a seven-year lease at Sunset Park’s Liberty View Industrial Plaza, Brownstoner reported.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Updated 6:11 pm, July 25, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Ken from Brooklyn says:
thank god that AOC is not representing the district.
July 24, 4:03 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Thank God Ken isn't a writer! You dolt, learn some grammar.
July 24, 4:49 pm
Scott Baker from Manhattan says:
Hey Amazon, why not make a bold innovative move? How about becoming an anchor tenant in the RiverArch (which could be renamed the Amazon Arch)? The only building in the world to straddle a major river, it would link Dumbo, Brooklyn and Two Bridges, Manhattan, with over 20 million s.f. Video & details here: http://bit.ly/Riverarch but you don't really need that since I sent you the RFP last October, to your site manager, as directed. It was too late for your HQ2, but not for this new proposal. Currently, the RiverArch is configured for 7,630 apartments, 2,300 of which would be affordable. There's also a FREE 900-student school, plans for 300,000sf of NEW public space, and flood mitigation in two flood zones. Also, bi-borough transportation for 5m people/year in 3 rotating elevators (on top of the 83 elevators inside the building for residents/businesses. But for some reason, the Electeds and agencies are not jumping at the chance, though our consortium has been to a dozen of them so far. We have an award-winning architect too. But anyway, do 160,000sf floorplates sound good to you, spread over 30 floors, with thousands of apts. besides, and a hotel on the top 10 joined floors? Let me know...
July 24, 4:58 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Hopefully,this is NOT another attempt,for Amazon's,Jeff Bezos;to extort our city? Not,a cent in tax-breaks,or what are probably bribes;should granted to a corporation-that is now worth,nearly $1-trillion. Nor should,any subsides,or promise be granted;to the construction-workers;or the"service-workers(Retail)unions. Especially,since unionized construction work continues to NOT be opened,to every such worker. Or,when you ask neighborhood supermarket employee,about the"union";they inform-that they're Gone. Even,if there is sign,that it is a"Union Shop"? When asking them,I mostly get a cynical laugh.
July 24, 5:21 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
P.S.Otherwise Amazon,should be just as welcome,as any other business;to set up shop anywhere they wish,in our city.
July 24, 5:28 pm
Jorge from Sunset Park says:
this is what the people who oppose the Industry City rezoning deserve. the waterfront in sunset park is gonna be all last mile distribution and self storage facilities bring minimal jobs and 0 community access. these 'activists' are a bunch of fools
July 25, 9:22 am

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