Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Amazon.com Inc. continues revving up its fulfillment center engine across Atlanta, with a new project in the works along the Perimeter.
Amazon is considering a 20-acre industrial property just north of I-285 on the Gwinnett-DeKalb county line, where it would occupy 121,017 square feet of space for a new delivery station, according to public documents and sources familiar with the project.
Atlanta-based real estate company Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. would develop the property, which stands along Interstate 85 amid a collection of 1980s industrial buildings at 6945 Button Gwinnett Drive and 4600 Northeast Expressway. In the past, Georgia Pacific and Levitz Furniture have operated facilities there. Seefried has entered a contract with the owner of the properties and would buy them, according to an intergovernmental agreement between Gwinnett County and the city of Doraville.
Seefried would redevelop the site for Amazon, sources with knowledge of the project said. An Amazon spokesperson said the company typically does not comment on an expansion of its logistics network until a lease has been signed.
Amazon has been rapidly expanding its delivery stations across Atlanta, with the potential Doraville site becoming the latest example. Earlier this year, Amazon said it was opening three new delivery stations in metro Atlanta in 2020, creating hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs, paying a minimum of $15 per hour. The new delivery stations will be located in Atlanta, Buford and Fairburn.
Delivery stations provide the last mile of Amazon’s order fulfillment process. They receive packages from fulfillment and sortation centers, which are then loaded into vehicles for delivery to customers. Amazon has more than 150 delivery stations in the United States.
Amazon’s Doraville project is a continuation of a bigger trend. More than 21 million square feet of industrial real estate projects are under construction in Atlanta, the fifth consecutive quarter activity has remained at that level, according to Colliers International.
Amazon’s demand for new warehouse space is driving much of that new development. The e-commerce giant alone leased 3.7 million square feet in the past three months.
Amazon’s total fulfillment center network has grown to at least 13 million square feet across the Atlanta region, almost doubling its size from the end of last year.