Amazon announced that it has chosen a location in Garner for the site of a new 2.6 million square foot distribution center. The company said it will invest $200 million to build the center at the site of a plant formerly owned by ConAgra on Jones Sausage Rd. That facility was closed in 2009 after an accident. Amazon estimates the distribution center will create approximately 1,500 jobs. Garner’s Town Council on July 2 approved a special use permit to develop 88 acres of the 98 acre site. The development will include a four-story building with a footprint of 680,000 square feet. Company and town officials estimated the project would bring in an additional $45 million in income to the area. Officials from the Hillwood Development company, which is managing the new development, said they would work with town officials and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to invest in improvements along Jones Sausage road where the center will be located. Amazon hopes to open the new distribution center by fall 2019.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has planned a series of public meetings on the proposed Southeast Extension of the Triangle Expressway public meetings in coming months to “provide information on the project, share the preliminary design of the project and gather feedback from the public.” The project, known as Complete 540, would extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, to complete the Interstate 540 outer loop around the greater Raleigh area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.2 billion and is scheduled for completion by 2027. Members of the public interested in participating in the meetings can obtain more information from the Department of Transportation at (800) 554-7849. In December, the Federal Highway Administration approved the final Environmental Impact Statement that was prepared for the Complete 540 project.