Amazon intends to open a mammoth warehouse at a Hamptons airport, a undertaking that isn’t touchdown nicely with residents on the tony east finish of Lengthy Island.
The enormous e-tailer desires to construct a 91,000-square-foot distribution hub at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Seashore, however the seaside village of practically 2,000 is anxious the already heavy airplane visitors would turn out to be nonstop.
“It’s going to be horrible,” stated one resident who has had a summer time house within the village since 2003. “I’m already listening to airplanes after I sit exterior by the pool in the summertime. Are you able to think about if Amazon is right here?”
A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to remark Friday, telling The Put up solely that the corporate weighs “a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites.”
The Suffolk County-owned Gabreski, which has an Air Pressure base on the grounds, providers non-public jets, helicopters and single-engine leisure planes, an airport spokesman advised The Put up.
Final yr, Gabreski had practically 56,000 “operations” — takeoffs and landings, the spokesman stated.
In November, Rechler Fairness Companions secured $2.three million in tax breaks to construct a $36 million warehouse in an industrial park on airport land, the place the Lengthy Island developer has already constructed three warehouses. The Amazon house is slated to create 100 building jobs and 50 full-time Amazon workers slots, Rechler has stated.
Suffolk County legislator Robert Trotta doesn’t just like the hub plan. The Republican claims Rechler snagged the deal by deceptive the county, stating on an assist software that Amazon would decide an out-of-state warehouse if lawmakers didn’t OK the tax breaks.
“Why are we giving billionaires tax breaks?” Trotta advised The Put up. “The tax breaks — they got should be immediately rescinded.”
Rechler didn’t return The Put up’s calls Friday.
Rechler’s Hamptons Enterprise District prohibits tenants from receiving freight deliveries on the airport, however Trotta and residents don’t assume Amazon will abide by that rule — no less than for lengthy.
“If you think they are not going to be using airplanes and drones, you are totally out of your mind,” stated an entrepreneur in Westhampton Seashore. “From a business point of view, I support them coming as a land-based distribution hub, but it’s totally naive to believe they won’t be eventually using the airport for air freight deliveries.”