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The North Haven Board of Selectmen anticipates approving tax incentives that will bring an Amazon distribution hub to the former Pratt & Whitney site at its meeting tonight. The development is anticipated to bring from 1,000 to more than 3,000 jobs to the region. (Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier | Buy This Photo)
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After months of speculation and uncertainty, Amazon.com is confirmed as the end user for the former Pratt & Whitney site located at 409 Washington Avenue. The move is expected to add more than 1,000 jobs (with some estimates topping 3,000) at the site. Pratt & Whitney was the town’s largest employer, but sold the property in 2001 after operating there for nearly 50 years.
On the agenda for the June 8 Board of Selectmen meeting (linked here http://www.northhaven-ct.gov/Meetings/BOS/Agendas/BOS20170608Agenda2.pdf) is an item to consider and vote to approve a Tax Incentive Agreement with AMAZON.COM.DECD, LLC. There is also an item for the selectmen to consider and vote to have a Building Permit Fee Abatement Agreement prepared for the same entity.
First Selectman Michael Freda said that without the approvals at the meeting, the deal won’t happen.
Previously reported in January, the plan is for the company to occupy a yet-to-be-built 855,000 square-foot facility, which will approach 1.5 million square feet including a planned mezzanine area. The plans also include parking spaces for 2,500 cars with an overflow parking area with 500 to 750 spaces.
It has long been rumored that the site will be used for an Amazon Distribution Center.
The news may also put to ease concerns regarding the 2017-’18 budget, where Freda took a “leap of faith” by adding in $1 million in building permit fees for the site.
“Tonight’s meeting is a culmination of almost two years of very diligent work to bring this project forward,” Freda said.
Freda also said that this is one of the most significant projects, not only in North Haven, but in the region and the state as well.
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