Amazon is officially coming to Pflugerville — and bringing 1,000 jobs online, so to speak.
The Seattle-based online retail giant announced July 15 it is opening a fulfillment center in Pflugerville.
It's been known for months that Amazon was planning a huge facility in the Travis County suburb. Austin Business Journal first reported in December 2019 that the company was behind the massive distribution center nicknamed "Project Charm" in city documents. About 94 acres of agricultural property were rezoned into a planned unit development in January. Amazon confirmed the site will create 1,000 full-time jobs, another big step for a company that has quickly become one of Austin's largest employers.
"We're appreciative of the people of Texas for so warmly embracing Amazon into the community," Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon's vice president of global customer fulfillment, said in a statement.
Employees will work alongside Amazon robots to pick, pack and ship small items to customers, according to the announcement. Starting pay would be $15 per hour and full-time employees would get benefits like full medical, vision and dental insurance as well as a 50% matching 401(k) from the start of employment.
"Pflugerville is a bustling area, and the addition of this fulfillment center with over 1,000 jobs shows that Pflugerville is the new frontier in Central Texas," Mayor Victor Gonzales said. "Pflugerville's connectivity via the SH 130 corridor is a prime location for business expansion."
The facility will have an estimated footprint of 820,000 square feet, but the building's four-and-a-half stories mean it will be around 3.8 million square feet in all, Pflugerville Community Development Corp. Executive Director Amy Madison said. Pflugerville's Community Development Corp. and City Council both approved an incentives agreement related to the project on July 14. The economic development performance agreement between PCDC and Amazon.com Services LLC covers up to $3.8 million in off-site road infrastructure improvements related to Project Charm, according to city documents.
"The Pflugerville Community Development Corp. has provided support to both Amazon and the city of Pflugerville with the necessary intersection improvements at FM 685 and Pecan Street to keep everyone moving," Gonzales said. "This managed growth is an investment into our city and we welcome Amazon to our community."
Madison said Amazon committed in the agreement to pump $250 million in capital investment into the project and provide 1,000 full-time primary jobs during its 10-year term.
The fulfillment center is under construction off of the State Highway 130 toll road. Madison said the project has already generated sales tax and permit fee revenue that have helped offset other fiscal pain during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Construction is expected to be completed by July 2021. Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. is the developer for Amazon and other companies involved include Jones/Carter as civil engineer, SMDH Inc. as structural engineer and Dialectic Engineer as mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer.
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