Amazon will be repurposing the former Scholastic Corporation building on Old Sherman Turnpike this fall into a Last Mile Distribution Facility. The goal is to be operational in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season. The company is also ramping up deliveries of personal protective equipment and other orders as people avoid stores.
Mayor Mark Boughton says 400 to 500 full and part time jobs are coming to the City, including seasonal work. He says this also means hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue for the City.
The 147,000 square foot facility will be converted into a fulfillment warehouse for shipments to customers throughout the area. The company is locating to Danbury without financial incentives from the city or state.
Scholastic closed recently, laying off nearly 90 people.
Developers FSI-DB, LLC, in association with Rizzo Companies, will cover the $450,000 costs to repair the cross culvert on Old Sherman Turnpike. Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says they discovered an at least 3-foot gap underneath the retaining wall of the culvert in April. The wall was repaired several years ago when part of the road failed and it exposed a high volume and high pressure gas main.
A majority of the traffic is heavy commercial and the road is very narrow, and a dead end If the road fails, there is no way to get people out of that area or any emergency services into the end of that road.