North Andover is just one step closer to obtaining its Amazon logistics facility.
Around 100 acres of the Osgood Landing web site transferred to the Texas-centered developer that will construct the planned warehouse, its home supervisor claimed. Ozzy Homes and Hillwood Enhancement closed the sale Wednesday early morning.
The developer will build an great 3,800,000 sq. foot complicated for Amazon on the web page, which has been lacking a important tenant for years.
“This is a very important turning issue for this facility and ultimately for the economic well being of the region,” reported Orit Goldstein, the president of Ozzy Properties in a push launch. “We continue to be committed to accountable redevelopment and reuse of this home that will consequence in long lasting gains for the total Merrimack Valley.”
The web-site was beforehand highlighted in a proposal from Merrimack Valley communities for Amazon’s 2018 research for its next headquarters. Amazon finally selected Arlington, Virginia for the so-termed “HQ2.”
Whilst the development at Osgood Landing will be transformational, Ozzy Houses will preserve its office constructing, and practically two dozen enterprises that are already on-site will continue to be.
The North Andover facility is component of a big expansion from Amazon into the Bigger Boston region, which has not been totally welcomed by the area labor current market. Numerous Massachusetts labor groups are lobbying Amazon to use area, union labor to construct its array of new warehouses in the state.
The groups also want the ecommerce big — a single of the premier organizations in the earth — to make improvements to doing the job situations at its amenities. The company continuously resists unionization initiatives and has observed rampant COVID-19 outbreaks at its warehouses as its earnings soar amid the pandemic. (North Andover was just lately rated the maximum-chance town for COVID-19 in the point out.)
“We’re hoping to draw a line in the sand. Someone’s got to stand up to Amazon,” mentioned Chris Brennan, president of Merrimack Valley Setting up Trades to The Boston World in Oct. “They arrive in and do what they want, when they want, and shell out very minor focus to the minor dude. We’re up to the undertaking.”