Amazon planning third package delivery station in Colorado Springs | Business
Online retail giant Amazon plans to add a third parcel delivery station in Colorado Springs to expand its local delivery network beyond its nearly 4 million square foot fulfillment center, which will open near the city’s airport in 2021.
Amazon would acquire the 19-acre Western Forge hand tool manufacturing complex located in the northwest of the city, which closed this year after more than half a century of tooling in Colorado Springs. This emerges from a proposal presented to the city government’s planners.
The proposal shows several buildings at the Western Forge site will be demolished to make way for the construction of a nearly 105,000 square foot warehouse and distribution building, as well as parking and landscaping.
The warehouse and distribution center, in turn, would act as a delivery station that carries out so-called “last mile” deliveries to online buyers according to the proposal and the accompanying documents.
Neither the name of Amazon nor that of the user of the delivery station is mentioned in the proposal submitted to the city planners. However, a report by a suburban Denver consultant about soil conditions at the Western Forge site attached to the proposal states that its recommendations were based in part on criteria for building Amazon delivery stations and vehicle canopies.
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The proposal itself also mentions that some of the on-site parking spaces are intended for the new delivery station for “AMZL” management. AMZL is an abbreviation for Amazon Logistics, part of the Amazon shipping network.
Amazon spokeswoman Nikki Wheeler said she was unable to comment on the Colorado Springs retailer’s plans.
“I can say we are proud of the investments we have made in Colorado,” Wheeler said via email. “We look forward to the opening of our new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in spring.”
Amazon’s mammoth fulfillment center is located in Colorado Springs Airport’s Peak Innovation Park, an industrial park southeast of Powers Boulevard and Milton E. Proby Parkway to the southeast of the city.
The five-story fulfillment center, which will be the largest building in the city and one of the largest in the state, will deliver customer orders for books, electronics, toys, and other smaller items to the Springs area, Colorado, and the surrounding states. The complex will employ more than 1,000 people.
Amazon’s shipping and delivery infrastructure includes fulfillment centers, “sorting centers”, delivery stations, and even whole foods stores. Amazon bought the grocery chain in 2017.
A fulfillment center delivers completed customer orders to a sorting center, where parcels are directed to a delivery station or whole foods store that is closest to the customer.
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In Colorado Springs, Amazon’s multi-building delivery network appears to be taking shape.
Recently, a proposal was made to city planners by officials at Colorado Springs Airport to build a 279,000 square foot sorting center next to an existing Amazon delivery station in Peak Innovation Park. The proposal for a sorting center doesn’t mention Amazon either, but an early version of these plans showed a drawing of the facility called Amazon.
City officials were also presented with plans calling for an additional delivery station to take over a former Sam’s Club warehouse on South Academy Boulevard.
This proposal also does not identify Amazon as a new user of the Sam property, although the description of a delivery station – “where customer orders are prepared for last mile delivery to the surrounding neighborhood” – closely matches Amazon’s description.
Amazon’s acquisition of the former Western Forge property marks the end of an era for the Colorado Springs toolmaker. Western Forge had been in the springs for 54 years and once made Craftsman products that were sold in Sears stores.
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But Ideal Industries Inc., the Illinois-based owner of Western Forge, said in February the company would shut down local tool shops, lay off 164 employees, and consolidate the production of the wells with that of a company west of Chicago.
At the time, Ideal said the Western Forge shutdown was triggered when Sears sold its craft tool business and moved manufacturing facilities overseas four years ago. Ideal said it couldn’t make up for the loss in Craftsman volume and tried unsuccessfully to sell the Colorado Springs facility.
Randy Dowis of NAI Highland, a Springs trading agent who markets the property, now has an agreement to sell the Western Forge location.
Dowis declined to say who signed the contract for the property. There are 10 buildings of varying sizes according to El Paso County’s land registry records and it cited $ 9.95 million according to online marketing materials.