STATEN ISLAND — Amazon announced Wednesday that it plans to open an 855,000-square-foot warehouse in Bloomfield next year that will employ 2,250 full-time workers.
The $100 million fulfillment center will help the company deliver goods to residents using “advanced robotics,” potentially cutting down on delivery wait times.
The state offered $18 million in “performance-based tax credits” to lure Amazon to the city. As part of the deal, the company also needs to retain an additional 886 jobs already in the state over the next five years.
"Amazon's decision to establish the first state-of-the-art fulfillment center in New York affirms our position at the forefront of the growing global innovation economy, and this investment will create thousands of jobs and opportunities for the Staten Island community," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
"New York continues to demonstrate that we have the workforce, the technology, and the pro-business climate to help companies grow and succeed."
The center will be built in the 200-acre Matrix Global Logistics Park, a former oil tank storage facility on Gulf Avenue.
There were initially plans to turn the site into a NASCAR track, but residents objected to the idea of a sports venue.
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo said the center fits into plans to turn the West Shore into an industrial center.
“In fact, this project will be the biggest single job creator in our borough's history,” Oddo said in a statement. “And, let me be clear, these jobs are being created by the private sector doing what it does best.”
The park is owned by New Jersey-based Matrix Development Group, which purchased the land in 2016.
Amazon recently purchased national grocer Whole Foods for more than $13 billion and began to lower prices at the notoriously expensive supermarket.
It was not immediately clear how the company may use fulfillment centers to deliver Whole Foods items.
Construction on the facility is expected to begin soon, with the center set to open in 2018, officials said, though there was no initial estimation on when specifically it would begin operating.
Information on job openings is available on Amazon's website.