JOHNSTON, R.I. (WJAR) — We’re getting a look inside the giant Amazon warehouse under construction in Johnston.
Mayor Joe Polisena Jr. said on Twitter that he had a “great tour” of the building last week with Sen. Jack Reed.
The mayor posted images that show the vast interior of the building and some of the work being done on the outside.
Polisena noted that the project created 1,000 union construction jobs and that it will bring 1,000 full-time jobs and $145 million in tax revenue for the town over the next 20 years.
Reed spoke to reporters about the project on Friday.
“They did a nice job. We’ve got the Dimeo construction company, one of the major contractors, so there’s a lot of local benefits already. They’re going to hire a significant number of Rhode Islanders and people from the area,” Reed said.
Reed said 500 robots will also be deployed to help sort the materials.
“It’s a combination of high-tech and, you know, thoughtful management together. They’re very dedicated workers, and it’s going to be a real plus for not only the town of Johnston but for the state, and I must commend both Mayor Polisena and Mayor Polisena, both of them have done a remarkable job — father and son — in terms of providing a climate,” Reed said.
On its website, law firm Hinckley Allen said the facility measures 3.8 million square feet total over six levels at 120 feet high. The firm said the facility will be one of the largest warehouses in the world.
The building on land near Route 6 and Interstate 295 had a projected cost of about $290 million.
The previous mayor, Polisena’s father, said last fall that the project was a few months behind schedule because of supply chain delays.
The building was projected to open in late summer 2023.
This story first appeared on March 24th, 2023 on the Turn To Ten website – HERE