Amazon seeking $4.5 million from state for distribution center


Amazon plans to seek $4.5 million from the Delaware Strategic Fund for a fulfillment center.

An agenda item from the Delaware Council on Development Finance contained the request from Amazon and listed Wilmington as the location. The council will hold a meeting on Monday.

The Strategic Fund ties assistance from the state to the number of jobs created by the employer. Payback comes from additional income tax revenues.

The council passes its recommendations on to the state’s director of Small Business.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported  the request is related to a proposed distribution center at the former GM Boxwood plant west of Wilmington.

Plans submitted to  New Castle County in November called for a multi-story distribution center to be built on a portion of the former auto assembly plant site. 

The identity of the occupant of the space was not disclosed, although it was widely believed that Amazon was the tenant.

The distribution center would be the third in New Castle County for Amazon, which sites in New Castle and Middletown. Amazon also has a distribution center in Perryville, MD, west of the Delaware line.

One of Amazon’s earliest distribution centers was located in New Castle. At the time, the company was mainly selling books online. 

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