SPOKANE COUNTY, Washington – Construction in the West Plains is fueling speculation about a possible new Amazon facility.
None of the permit applications KREM received named Amazon, but they refer to the 6125 South Hayford Road location as “Project Gray,” which is similar to the way Amazon has handled permit applications in Spokane County in the past.
The location is adjacent to the current Amazon Fulfillment Center in the West Plains. A press release from Amazon, as the company expanded its operations to Spokane International Airport, pointed to plans to open a “new sorting center and delivery station” in the West Plains.
“We announced that we would be opening a delivery station and sorting center, or sorting center, just around the corner from our recently opened fulfillment center,” said Chris Preston, Amazon Air Gateway Operations Director, in October.
Construction also comes when the online retail giant talked about establishing all parts of the supply chain here in Spokane County.
“Speaking of this supply chain, end-to-end supply chain in the Spokane area, we have fulfillment centers, we have Amazon Air, we have our sorting centers, and we have our last mile delivery station,” Preston said in October . “So investing in the Spokane area to make sure we can support our customers is really great to see.”
The project currently being worked on in the West Plains is referred to as “Project Gray” in permit applications, much like the code names “Project Fireball” and “Project Rose” which emerged as two other Amazon facilities in Spokane County.
Permission applications to work on the West Plains state that the warehouse and office building will be a single-story, 40-foot tall building measuring just over 278,000 square feet. A state environmental policy bill lists the location as creating around 700 jobs.
If it turns out that the page is a different Amazon page, this could lead to faster delivery times in the past, according to Amazon.
“If we add a delivery station here, which is the stations with the Amazon vans doing direct deliveries, it really speeds it up to the point where we could have same-day shipping. Right now, I’d say it’s going to be easy walk.” Get faster, “said Joe Wistos, general manager of the Amazon GEG 2 Spokane Valley location in September this year.
KREM has contacted Amazon several times about construction in the West Plains, but we have received no response.
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Construction of a possible new Amazon facility in West Plains underway