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Months after breaking up with Long Island City, Amazon is scoping out locations in neighboring Brooklyn, as Crain’s reported today. Sources say the company is searching for “a massive space” to house a new logistics facility and is considering renting out roughly one million square-feet at Industry City in Sunset Park, though that wasn’t confirmed by anyone involved directly in the potential deal.
Amazon already has warehouse space in Brooklyn—and it’s right next to Industry City. But the further expansion is another sign that, even without a second headquarters, the company’s presence continues to grow in New York City. Within the last year, the $1 trillion tech giant leased a million-square-foot warehouse in Staten Island, a 100,000 square-foot space in the Bronx, and announced it will be turning a former Queens warehouse into a delivery center as part of a $5.6M conversion project.
Sources told Crain’s the company will need to add millions of additional square feet as demand continues to rise in the city. If they do choose to open in Sunset Park, they will likely be met with some community resistance once again. The neighborhood is currently under the review process for a rezoning of Industry City that would increase the total usable square footage from 5.3 million to 6.6 million square feet. The plan has been met with skepticism from local elected officials as rents continue to rise in the area. They also have expressed concerns that the largely Latino-Asian neighborhood has not been included in the process.
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