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New Amazon center near airport to bring 1,500 jobs, $200 million investment

Amazon is building a distribution center that will bring 1,500 jobs to Charlotte.
Amazon is building a distribution center that will bring 1,500 jobs to Charlotte. TNS

Charlotte City Council on Monday voted unanimously to approve $13.4 million in incentives to bring an Amazon distribution center to 100 acres north of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The codename for the economic development project was "Quattro," a reference to Amazon's fourth facility in the Charlotte area.

The city is selling the land for $7.5 milllion to CF Hippolyta Charlotte LLC. In Greek mythology, Hippolyta was an Amazonian queen.

In an interview with the media before the meeting, aviation director Brent Cagle declined to identify the firm. When asked whether he knew what Hippolyta was, Cagle laughed and said he didn't know about Greek mythology.

But before council members voted Monday, Mayor Vi Lyles said Project Quattro was really Amazon.

The airport plans to reimburse Amazon $4.4 million to design and build a new realignment of Tuckaseegee Road and to move and extend Todd Road. The city also plans to reimburse the company $9 million for other infrastructure work. That money would be paid back using new property taxes from the project.

The Amazon U.S. fulfillment network consists of more than 50 fulfillment centers, over 20 sortation centers and more than 90,000 full-time employees. Have a look around.

Amazon could receive additional incentives from Mecklenburg County and the state.

The city has been focused on improving economic mobility, and officials believe the 1,500 Amazon jobs would give low-income residents a boost. The project will be just south of Interstate 85 and east of I-485. The company is expected to spend $200 million on the project.

The airport created a master plan for the airport and surrounding land, and has a vision that the airport will become a mix of industrial and commercial uses. Most of the land near the airport today is undeveloped or is home to abandoned buildings and closed businesses.

Cagle has said the development — which is expected to bring 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space — is the biggest since the airport finished a master plan earlier this decade.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs
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