A web site plan filed with the town of Worcester’s Planning Board means that an Amazon distribution middle may quickly be transferring right into a parcel of land alongside I-190, and near I-290, that when housed the Greendale Mall.
The latest proposal filed this week requires the demolition of the greater than 300,000-square-foot mall, and the development of a 121,212-square-foot warehouse and distribution middle on the location. However whereas the applying makes no point out of Amazon, as is commonly the case with submissions for Amazon properties, the allow utility holds a clue that points towards the large on-line retailer.
In keeping with the Worcester Telegram, the part outlining off-street parking mentions that “the proposed tenant of the brand new constructing is working to supply 10,000 electrical vans by 2022 and 100,000 by 2030 and is engaged on a method to be internet zero carbon throughout their enterprise by 2040.”
Amazon makes use of virtually equivalent language in its Local weather Pledge dedication, which states that the corporate can be carbon impartial in 20 years.
Worcester Metropolis Supervisor Edward M. Augustus, Jr. mentioned he can’t affirm who the tenant is, however he’s completely happy to see somebody going into the location.
“Although no lease has been signed as of but, we have now been notified by the developer that they’ve marketed the location to a number of tenants, together with giant distribution facilities,” he mentioned. “While we don’t have the particular details as of yet, we look forward to the redevelopment of that site and the jobs that are created as a result.”
Amazon declined to touch upon the allow utility, however a spokesperson mentioned in an electronic mail that “Amazon is a dynamic enterprise and we’re consistently exploring new places. We weigh a wide range of components when deciding the place to develop future websites to greatest serve clients.”
Representatives of the Boston-based Finard Properties, which owns the now-defunct Greendale Mall, weren’t reachable for remark. The corporate bought the property final December for $7.1 million. On the time, Chief Government Officer Todd Finard known as the location a “prime candidate for redevelopment” and mentioned he envisioned reworking the property into “a modern and unique, mixed-use destination.”
Former Worcester Mayor Ray Mariano mentioned he has blended emotions concerning the prospect of an Amazon warehouse transferring in.
“There’s no real housing in the area, there’s no one whose life is going to be disrupted by trucks coming in and out because it’s an interchange with two highways, so it’s the proper use,” Mariano mentioned.
“Initially, my response would be that the job creation is an excellent opportunity,” he added. “They pay excellent wages and we have a lot of people in that area – immediate area – who would be excellent candidates for employment. So, the initial response would be that the job creation is something the city would be excited about.”
That mentioned, Mariano holds out hope that the location may nonetheless develop into a mixed-use property, offering workplace house and much-needed housing for the town.
“Housing, which was part of the original proposal for the site, would’ve been an excellent usage for that area,” he mentioned.