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Amazon planning to add delivery center in Lexington

Staff report

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Amazon is working on plans to construct a new delivery center in Lexington, not a fulfillment center, company officials say.

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Planning Commission gave initial approval to rezone land at 1180 Newtown Pike to allow the company to build a new facility. An Amazon spokesperson said the company did not want to discuss the plans because they have not yet been finalized.

The plans approved by the planning commission call for a 143,000-s.f. delivery center where trucks can bring consumer goods to be sorted by associates and delivered directly to customers, according to application materials obtained from the planning commission’s online portal. The land is located near Lexmark and the Legacy Trail.

“Such delivery centers create employment opportunities for local residents to serve as associates to fulfill customer orders, skilled technicians to ensure smooth operations, and managers to manage the day-to-day operations,” an attorney said in its zone change request letter. “Delivery center associates normally make $15 an hour or more, with full health benefits, generous parental leave, career training, and retirement savings opportunities.”

The Lane Report will update this story as more information becomes available.