By James T. Madore
Amazon plans to open a warehouse in Westhampton Beach to make “last-mile” deliveries on the East End, its fifth such facility in the region, officials said on Thursday.
The online retailer would rent a 91,000-square-foot building to be constructed by developer Rechler Equity Partners near Gabreski Airport, the developer’s attorney and an Amazon executive said during a meeting of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency.
The IDA board on Thursday gave preliminary approval for $2.3 million in tax breaks to support the warehouse’s construction and outfitting. The incentives include a $818,300 reduction in property taxes over 15 years, or a 53% tax savings.
Amazon economic development manager Brad Griggs said 50 people will work at the last-mile warehouse within two years, excluding the truck drivers who bring packages to the facility and van drivers who deliver them to customers. The delivery personnel are independent contractors, he said.