Is the construction labor shortage about to become more serious in New York.
A recent Bisnow article indicates the impending Amazon Long Island development will stretch already challenging labor supply issues, with industry participants providing various interpretations about the nature and solution to the problem.
“There will be, say, 6 million sq. ft. to build Amazon in Long Island City, but there’s probably another 2 million to 3 million sq. ft. that comes online in Long Island City to support it. These people need to live somewhere and shop somewhere, they need to go to school somewhere,” said Barone Management founder Scott Barone, whose construction and development firm is building 88,000 sq. ft. of light industrial and commercial office space and an 82,000 sq. ft. charter school across the street from Amazon’s new site.
“There doesn’t seem to be a significant slowdown in the future,” he said. “There is not going to be a relief in the worker shortage.”