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Potential Amazon distribution center planned for Hamburg

"It’s idealy situated"
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Posted at 10:59 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 18:39:28-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — A potential Amazon distribution facility is coming to Hamburg, according to Town supervisor Jim Shaw.

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Jim Shaw, Town of Hamburg Supervisor at site of proposed Amazon warehouse.

Shaw says the location of the distribution center would be on approximately 57-acres of industrial land off Route 5, where it intersects with Bayview Road, not far from the Hoover Beach community.

"It's ideally situated for interstate travel in addition to intra-state travel," remarked Shaw.

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Land along Bayview in Hamburg.

Shaw says the location would put the Amazon warehouse and distribution center near route 179 and parallel to the state Thruway.

The investment would be huge, $47-million.

But this amazon project for Hamburg is much smaller than the mega Amazon project that was proposed for Grand Island and was rejected.

“It’s not nearly as large as the Grand Island center, but this is an important distribution center,” Shaw said.

Grand Island leaders dropped the project in August after residents fought back concerned about pollution and increased traffic.

Shaw says the distribution center would create more traffic for Hamburg.

“There will be a lot of truck traffic — Amazon vans and bigger trucks in and out of here,” noted Shaw.

But the Hamburg location would be more on the scale of this Amazon warehouse in the Town of Tonawanda.

It would also create 100 jobs, far fewer than the 1,000 jobs that came attached to the Grand Island project.

“And they hope that maybe they’ll be a demand for more, but the minimum guarantee is a hundred,” Shaw explained.

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Hamburg Supervisor Jim Shaw explains Amazon proposal.

Supervisor Shaw says if approved, the town would ensure buffers for nearby residents.

“So as to shield those communities they are to some extent buffed by the tree line,” Shaw explained. “We don’t want this to look like some warehouse of old. We want to really to be an attractive addition to the community.”

“I think it's going to be reasonably tolerated — they'll be some opposition — but that's okay — we're use to that,” Shaw reflected.

A property owner, who is not a town resident, tells 7 Eyewitness News she thinks it's a “good” project.

Kim Gretka said she owns a duplex on Lake Avenue near Route 5, not far from proposed warehouse site.

Grektka said the location is not close to homes, already located in an industrial park near FedEx so it “makes sense”.

The project still has a number of hurdles. It must receive planning and zoning and board approval.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in at a virtual Zoom public hearing January 22nd at 7:30 a.m., that is a.m., not p.m.

Sean Doyle, Executive Director, Hamburg Industrial Development Agency said they selected the morning time slot because "many of our volunteer board members have work commitments."

The following is the information Doyle provided for the Zoom public hearing:

Zoom Meeting Link
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2193766730?pwd=QXhTSXZTQlpWck5VdEhESWNUUzY1Zz09
Meeting ID: 219 376 6730
Passcode: 14075

Finally, the Agency also encourages all interested parties to submit written comments to the Agency, which will all be included within the public hearing record until the comment period closes at noon on January 25, 2021.

Additional information can be obtained from and written comments may be addressed to:
Hamburg Industrial Development,
Sean Doyle, Executive Director
6122 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, New York 14075