COLONIE — Amazon pulled a proposal to build a last stop distribution point for mail order packages on Jupiter Lane in the village.
“They were making some proposals and they did pull out. We don’t know why,” said Village Mayor Ed Sim.
He said the proposal to develop the 138,000-square-foot warehouse at 10 Jupiter Lane, which is owned by Peter Luizzi, was in its infancy and it was too soon to say whether it was a good idea for the village or not.
“There was a lot of discussion in both directions and we didn’t get deep enough into it to analyze the pros and cons,” he said on Thursday, Jan. 9 outside the annual State of the Town Address at the Red Roof in on Wolf Road.
Meanwhile, Amazon is building a $100 million distribution center in Schodack, about 20 miles southeast of Colonie. The plan was to build what is known as a “last mile” stop in Colonie. Packages would have been delivered to that location and then distributed to a customer’s doorstep by smaller vans.
A traffic study was being conducted on the impacts of some 36 vans entering Central Avenue from Jupiter Lane every 30 to 45 minutes — or about 266 trips per day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. — before Amazon pulled out. It is not clear if the study was completed or if it had an impact on Amazon’s decision to look elsewhere.