An Amazon delivery station is planned in Crystal Lake

An Amazon delivery station could arrive in Crystal Lake after receiving a unanimous positive recommendation from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The station, which will be located at 275 S. Main St., will be approximately 183,000 square feet and span 63 acres of land, which is much smaller than Amazon’s fulfillment center facilities, including this one. arriving at Huntley, Katie Cowlin, director of community development. noted.

Crystal Lake City Council has yet to give final approval, but if it does, construction of the center is expected to begin in 2022, Cowlin said.

The project must be presented to the city council on December 21.

Amazon delivery stations are considered the last step in the process of distributing packages before they reach homes or businesses, Cowlin said. Truck deliveries typically take place overnight, with packages sorted at the facility and then loaded into vans for delivery.

The vans will leave the property once per day between 9:50 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. and return between 7:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m., an Amazon representative said at the Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on Wednesday. Most vehicles will travel to the property via Exchange Drive and Route 14, with some via Congress Parkway, Main Street or Pingree Road.

Most of Amazon’s delivery hub traffic won’t come during the morning and evening rush hours, said Sara Disney-Haufe of Sam Schwartz Traffic, a consultant the city hired to conduct a traffic survey for development based on factors including existing traffic. the conditions, the expected growth in the area and the amount of traffic that the development will add.

The proposed delivery station will increase the average volume of traffic at the intersection of Exchange Drive and Congress Parkway by 12.5%, according to city documents. The traffic study included a recommendation that developers should contribute 12.5% ​​of the cost of the proposed roundabout to be built at this intersection.

Other recommendations for improvements included in the traffic study include: building a sidewalk on both sides of the extension on Exchange Drive, which would connect to Commonwealth Drive and limit access to Main Street; dedicate a right of way on Main Street; improving side streets and the Commonwealth Drive intersection; and the installation of a right turn lane in the site from Main Street to the extension of Exchange Drive.

Seefried Properties is the developer of the property, while Amazon will be the tenant.

David Riefe, senior vice president of Seefried Properties, said Seefried was under contract to purchase the 63-acre parcel on Exchange Drive.

Seefried is currently in the “feasibility” stage of the purchase contract, which includes performing an environmental scan at the site, Riefe said.

“Part of that feasibility is making sure we can get the necessary government approvals,” Riefe said.

Approximately 42 acres of the 63-acre property is in unincorporated McHenry County. Those 42 acres are expected to be annexed to the city, Seefried zoning attorney Peter Bazos told planning and zoning commissioners.

About 500 jobs will be created by the delivery post, made up of 199 associates who would work at the facility, 21 line haul truck drivers, 230 delivery drivers and 60 flexible route drivers, Cowlin said. The starting salary would be $ 18 to $ 22 an hour.

Huntley development, on the other hand, is much more important and will serve a different purpose in the execution process.

Amazon plans to build a 629,186 square foot distribution center in Huntley, with 44,186 square feet of office space, and is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs. The fact that the facility would be built for Amazon has been kept under wraps throughout the village’s approval process.

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