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Amazon to Open Mega-Warehouse in Staten Island, Report Says

By Nicholas Rizzi | June 19, 2017 9:44am | Updated on June 19, 2017 1:26pm

BLOOMFIELD — New Yorkers might soon have a shorter wait for their Amazon purchases.

The online-retailer plans to open one of its giant fulfillment centers in a Staten Island industrial park by the end of the summer, the New York Post reported.

Amazon will lease nearly 1 million square-feet of space inside the 200-acre Matrix Global Logistics Park, at a former oil tank storage facility off Gulf Avenue, for their first mega-warehouse in New York state, the paper reported.

The New Jersey-based owner of the site, Matrix Development Group, and Amazon declined to comment on the report when contacted by DNAinfo Monday.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Borough President James Oddo said the Post report was inaccurate.

"Unfortunately, today’s New York Post story contains several inaccuracies, and I ask Staten Islanders to remain patient a little longer on news about the future of the Matrix development," Oddo said in a statement.

"After the battle against the attempt to build a NASCAR track on this property those of us who opposed it promised a better project would come along, one that would create real jobs for Staten Islanders and provide our borough with lasting economic benefits. We are almost at the point where our work will reach fruition on one of the biggest jobs bonanzas in our borough’s history."

The 671-acre site was originally proposed to house a 82,2500-seat NASCAR racetrack after International Speedway Corporation — which owns NASCAR — bought the space for $100 million in 2004, the New York Times reported.

The track idea was immediately met with opposition from neighbors concerned about potential noise and traffic problems on race days, the Gotham Gazette reported.

The International Speedway Corporation eventually backed out of the project and sold the site in 2007. It was sold again to Staten Island Marine Development in 2010, the Times reported.

Last year, Matrix bought 200-acres of the site from Staten Island Marine Development and broke ground on the first 975,000-square-foot building that would focus on the needs of distribution and warehousing for companies.

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