Plans For Amazon Warehouse On Grand Island Back On Again
It was just a couple of days ago that we told you the project that could bring a massive Amazon warehouse to Grand Island was on-hold when the developer paused on the deal.
Opponents were happy, while supporters scrambled. That changed again as the week progressed.
WIVB-TV broke the story about the idea that could bring what’s known as Project Olive to a plot of land near the Holiday Inn Express off Long Road on the island.
After what town and other local officials describe as a problematic meeting of the town’s planning board, when an attempt was made to vote in opposition to a zone change on the land, the developer pulled back and informed board members the project was on hold.
Town officials, including Grand Island Chamber of Commerce President Eric Fiebelkorn, were relieved to learn the project is still moving forward.
“We see it really as a once in a lifetime opportunity financially, and something that’s going to take some time to work out. This is how deals get done. Nothing gets done in a day,” Fiebelkorn said.
The plan calls for a 3.8 million square foot building that would eventually house 1,000 employees for another Amazon distribution hub.
Former Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray told voters this week Project Olive offers both risk and reward.
And though he says Amazon’s labor relations and the environmental impact should be examined, he’s hopeful the town board comes to a supportive conclusion.