Massachusetts residents who would be neighbors of Amazon‘s proposed “last-mile” distribution facility continue to raise concerns about traffic, noise and the environmental impacts the facility could have on their neighborhood.
Worcester residents echoed those concerns Monday at a Planning Board meeting and called for stronger commitments to worker protections, local hiring and a community benefits agreement, the Telegram & Gazette reported.
Amazon proposes a 121,000-square-foot distribution center on the site of the Greendale Mall. The mall will be demolished, and the new facility would have a smaller footprint.
Amazon representatives said Monday that the company is prepared to engage with the community throughout the duration of its time in Worcester.
Andrew Cohen, a community operations manager at Amazon, said the company seeks to build relationships with the community through “operational excellence and community engagement.”
The Planning Board will review the site plan again Wednesday.