Amazon is building a 4.1-million-square-foot warehouse distribution facility in Ontario.
The five-story project will reportedly employ 1,500 people and be the online retail company’s largest logistics facility anywhere in the world, according to multiple reports.
ProLogis Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate trust, is building the project in the southwest part of the city. An exact address was not available.
Amazon, which leased the building last summer, operates nearly 18 million square feet of industrial space in Southern California.
The 97-foot-tall development is expected to be finished by the end of the year. Cost of the project, which is being built on former dairyland, was not available.
“It’s in a part of the city that is zoned for industrial, and ProLogis has agreed to pay for the infrastructure, so there will be no problem handling the traffic,” Councilman Alan Wapner said. “It’s being developed ‘up,’ not ‘out,’ because we’re running out space in that part of the city.”
The building will have trucks on one floor only. It will cover about 800,000 square feet on the ground, a normal “footprint” for a project that size, Wapner said.
Amazon recently announced it was cutting back back on its warehouse acquisitions, citing a a slowdown in commerce caused by people returning to store shopping as the pandemic eased. It is reportedly looking to let go of 10 million to 30 million square feet of logistics space, according to reports.