Online retail giant Amazon has now made public plans to build an 850,000 square-foot facility in Colorado Springs that will be used to process and deliver package orders.
The facility will go up inside the new 900-acre master planned Peak Innovation Park on the southeast side of the city near the Colorado Springs Airport, which is also expected to see an increase in flights transporting those orders.
The new center is additionally being seen as a catalyst for future area development, according to Bob Cope, Economic Development Manager with the City of Colorado Springs.
In an interview with the publication CPR News, Cope said the facility will “spur, hopefully, new housing opportunities and also new retail opportunities in the area.”
The center, with a planned four stories, is thought to be one of the biggest such facilities ever built by Amazon. Reports indicate that the facility may eventually be expanded to 4 million square feet.
In a statement, Amazon said the company’s fulfillment network is designed to support businesses of all sizes “through its Fulfillment By Amazon offering.”
That service is especially designed to provide packaging and shipping assistance to sellers.
Amazon purchased the 69 acres needed to build the facility from Colorado Springs for a reported $6.3 million.
Work is expected to begin on the structure later this spring, with a planned early summer 2021 completion date.
Amazon has an extensive footprint in the Centennial State with the construction of four other distribution and sorting centers, not to mention several delivery stations and storefront locations.
By Garry Boulard