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Maspeth a possible spot for Amazon

Online retail giant could look to Grand Avenue for warehouse

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:09 pm, Thu Aug 8, 2019.

It looks like Amazon could be coming to Queens after all.

It’s not the HQ2 that was planned for Long Island City before the online retailer pulled out after several area politicians voiced objection, but Crain’s reported that the company’s search for new warehouse space could wind up in Maspeth.

According to the story, Amazon is considering leasing the site at 55-15 Grand Ave., which can accommodate more than 70,000 square feet of space.

Amazon would scrap the existing former warehouse and construct a distribution facility from the ground up.

An Amazon spokeswoman told Crain’s “we have nothing confirmed” in Queens.

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) said he hasn’t gotten any confirmation on if the site will indeed become an Amazon warehouse.

“Am I in favor of Amazon coming in as a business with jobs? Of course,” he said. “If that turns out to be a distribution point that’ll bring a lot more trucks.”

Last November, real estate website The Real Deal reported Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty planned to build the city’s next multi-story warehouse at the property that was bought for $72 million by Los Angeles-based LBA Logistics.

The plans call for a four-level warehouse with a ramp that allows trucks to load directly on the first, second and third levels.

At the time, JLL’s Rob Kossar, vice chairman and head of the firm’s northeast industrial region, said the location was fit for “retailers, e-commerce and New York-centric companies looking to satisfy the expedited shipping demands of customers in the largest consumer base in the United States.”

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