SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Construction in the Western Plains is fueling speculation about a possible new Amazon facility.
None of the permit applications obtained by KREM named Amazon, but they refer to the 6125 South Hayford Road site as “Project Gray,” which is similar to how Amazon handled permit applications in Spokane County in the past.
The site is adjacent to the current Amazon Fulfillment Center in the West Plains. In a press release sent by Amazon when the company expanded its airline operations to Spokane International Airport, reference was made to plans to open a “new sorting center and delivery station.” in the West Plains.
“We announced the launch of a delivery station and sorting center, or what we call a sorting center, just around the corner from our newly launched distribution center,” said Chris Preston, director of operations from Amazon Air Gateway, in October. .
The construction also comes as the online retail giant has said it wants to establish all parts of the supply chain here in Spokane County.
“When we talk about this supply chain, the end-to-end supply chain in the Spokane area right now, we have distribution centers, we have Amazon Air, we have our sorting centers and we have our last mile delivery station. “Preston said in October.” So really the investment in the Spokane area, to make sure we’re able to support our customers, that’s really great to see. “
The current West Plains project is currently referred to as “Project Gray” in permit applications, much like the code names “Project Fireball” and “Project Rose,” which turned out to be two other Amazon installations in Spokane County.
Permit applications for work in the West Plains indicate that the warehouse and office building will be a 40-foot-tall one-story building with just over 278,000 square feet of space. A state environmental policy law enforcement lists the site as creating about 700 jobs.
If the site turns out to be another Amazon site, it could result in faster delivery times, according to Amazon statements in the past.
“At the end of the day, if we add a delivery station here, which are the stations that have the Amazon vans that do drop shipping, it really speeds up to the point where we could have same day shipping. I would say it’s just going to go faster, ”said Joe Wistos, general manager of Amazon GEG 2 in Spokane Valley, in September.
KREM has contacted Amazon several times regarding construction in the West Plains, but we have not heard back.
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Construction underway of a possible new Amazon facility in West Plains