Kenosha council approves Amazon proposals
- Associated Press
- October 8, 2013 - 9:45 AM
KENOSHA, Wis. — Plans for an Amazon distribution center are moving forward in Kenosha.
The City Council unanimously approved a series of proposals for the $250 million project Monday night. The council authorized $18 million in tax incremental financing and approved a development grant agreement, conditional use permit and survey map.
Jeffrey A. Zygler, vice president of KTR, which will develop and lease the land to Amazon, expected the ground to be staked for development as early as next week. The 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse, near Interstate 94 and 38th Street, is expected to employ 1,100 workers.
Mayor Keith Bosman told the Kenosha News (http://bit.ly/19x6mI1 ) that about 850 jobs would be warehouse positions paying at least $13 an hour. Other jobs include technicians, computer technicians and management positions.
"It's a great project for Kenosha and southeastern Wisconsin," Bosman said.
Zygler said KTR chose the site because it was located near a metro area with a strong employee base.
"We're happy to be here," he said, adding that he views the state as "pro-business."
Roadway improvements and other issues are pending with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Zygler added.
The distribution center could be in operation by next fall, Zygler said. The city of Kenosha, KTR and Amazon finalized details of the deal last Friday.
© 2013 Star Tribune