Massive Amazon facility proposed for Town of Gates, public hearing Friday

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GATES, N.Y. (WROC) — A multi-million square-foot Amazon facility in the Town of Gates is one step closer to reality and it’s both raising concern and brining excitement from homeowners and business nearby. 

A public hearing was held Friday by the County of Monroe Industrial Agency (COMIDA) and involved parties to discuss logistics for the proposal.

The project includes approximately 100 acres of land at 2600 Manitou Road in Gates, and the proposal calls for the construction of a 2,600,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for Amazon. The projected cost is $412 million, and further construction plans call for utility installation, roadway improvements, landscaping, parking, loading areas, sidewalks, lighting and signage.

According to the current application, the project would create up to 1,000 local full-time jobs, something business owners in the area believe could be good for the economy. 

Charles Parsons lives on Manitou Road, right across the street from the proposed Amazon Warehouse and Distribution facility in the town of Gates.

Parsons is concerned that the $412 million project could change the area if approved.

“Close knit community with all of our neighbors. Elm grove park, tech grove across the street has been relatively quiet up until recently,” said Charles Parsons, homeowner Manitou Rd. “Right now we’re in Ogden that side of the street is gates so all of neighbors feel like we don’t have any say in what gates does.”

“Instantly thinking with 67 loading bays from what I’m being told there’s going to be a lot of truck traffic we’re hoping it doesn’t depreciate the value, the quality of our lives,” said Parsons.

The proposal says COMIDA will contemplate financial assistance for Amazon and the current property owners, USRE Manitou, LLC to develop the site. Such financial assistance could be offered in the form of sales and use tax exemptions and potentially a mortgage recording tax exemption, plus a partial real property tax abatement.

“Ever since Kodak has left over the years and has gone and has downsized, it has not been good for our community and it’s good to see something big come when it’s going to create more jobs,” said Lisa Thompson, owner Studio Valencia Hair Design.

According to a proposed project application, if approved, construction would begin on March 1, and the anticipated completion date for the development would be September 1, 2022.

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This would be another significant investment by Amazon in Monroe County. In November, officials announced plans for a $50 million Amazon warehouse and distribution facility at Eastman Business Park, located at 1200 Lexington Avenue in Greece.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bellow called that project “significant” and said the development would cost more than $50 million to renovate 180,000 square feet of facility space. Bello said the project would create 50 full time jobs, 50 part time jobs, and 400 local construction jobs.

Project application

Notice of Public Hearing

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