Amazon intends to open a mammoth warehouse at a Hamptons airport, a challenge that isn’t touchdown properly with residents on the tony east finish of Lengthy Island.
The large e-tailer needs to construct a 91,000-square-foot distribution hub at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Seaside, however the seaside village of almost 2,000 is nervous the already heavy airplane visitors would turn into nonstop.
“It’s going to be horrible,” stated one resident who has had a summer season dwelling within the village since 2003. “I’m already listening to airplanes after I sit outdoors by the pool in the summertime. Are you able to think about if Amazon is right here?”
A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to remark Friday, telling The Put up solely that the corporate weighs “quite a lot of elements when deciding the place to develop future websites.”
The Suffolk County-owned Gabreski, which has an Air Power base on the grounds, providers non-public jets, helicopters and single-engine leisure planes, an airport spokesman informed The Put up.
Final yr, Gabreski had almost 56,000 “operations” — takeoffs and landings, the spokesman stated.
In November, Rechler Fairness Companions secured $2.three million in tax breaks to construct a $36 million warehouse in an industrial park on airport land, the place the Lengthy Island developer has already constructed three warehouses. The Amazon area is slated to create 100 building jobs and 50 full-time Amazon workers slots, Rechler has stated.
Suffolk County legislator Robert Trotta doesn’t just like the hub plan. The Republican claims Rechler snagged the deal by deceptive the county, stating on an support software that Amazon would choose an out-of-state warehouse if lawmakers didn’t OK the tax breaks.
“Why are we giving billionaires tax breaks?” Trotta informed The Put up. “The tax breaks — they bought must be instantly rescinded.”
Rechler didn’t return The Put up’s calls Friday.
Rechler’s Hamptons Enterprise District prohibits tenants from receiving freight deliveries on the airport, however Trotta and residents don’t assume Amazon will abide by that rule — no less than for lengthy.
“For those who assume they don’t seem to be going to be utilizing airplanes and drones, you’re completely out of your thoughts,” stated an entrepreneur in Westhampton Seaside. “From a enterprise perspective, I help them coming as a land-based distribution hub, nevertheless it’s completely naive to consider they gained’t be finally utilizing the airport for air freight deliveries.”