One of the largest warehouses in metro Tucson could be seeing construction later this year.
Members of the Tucson City Council are currently reviewing plans for a structure measuring nearly 900,000 square feet that will go up on a currently vacant site inside the 264-acre Century Park Research Center.
The Century Park property is also home to the intermodal Port of Tucson.
According to documents submitted to the city’s Planning and Development Services, the planned structure will have enough room for light assembly production as well as both customer product pick-up and return services.
The facility would also house 64 loading docks and parking spaces for roughly 2,500 vehicles as well as just under 400 tractor/trailers.
The targeted 94-acre site for the project will see a specified 80 acres for the facility itself, with the remaining 14 acres set aside for possible future building expansion.
Although exact plans for the project at 6701 S. Kolb Road have not been officially announced, sources indicate that the facility will almost certainly be a new Amazon Distribution Center.
The online commerce giant currently has around 140 such centers nationally, but most are located on the West and East coasts.
What is for now being referred to only as the “Project Wildcat at Century Park Development” could also be eligible for a series of economic incentives from both the State of Arizona and Pima County.
It is expected that both Amazon and local public officials will reveal the full details of the project sometime in mid-May.
By Garry Boulard
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