Buffalo-based Montante Construction, which is building an e-commerce distribution center widely believed to be for Amazon, is wasting no time getting started after receiving approvals from the town of DeWitt, Syracuse.com reports.
The contractor has begun clearing the 42-acre site where the 112,000-sq. ft. structure will be built.
The DeWitt Planning Board voted 6-0 on July 9 to approve Montante’s site plan for the property. A representative of the builder told the board the company wants to have the building completed in the first half of 2021.
Syracuse.com reports that Montante has not said who will operate the distribution center, calling it by the code name “Project Orange”. Amazon has not confirmed that it will be the tenant.
“We are constantly exploring new locations and weighing a variety of factors when deciding where to develop sites to best serve customers,” a spokesperson for the online retail giant said in a statement. “However, Amazon has a policy of not commenting on our future roadmap.”
However, local officials are pretty certain the tenant will be Amazon.
When county lawmakers rushed last month to complete an environmental review of the project, they said it was to allow Montante to fast-track the development so it could be finished around the same time as a much larger regional fulfillment center being built by Trammell Crow Co. for Amazon in Clay. The smaller center will complement the larger one, they said.