Amazon buys land in Mt. Juliet where Project Sam is approved for nearly $5 million
Amazon has purchased land where a plan to build a massive and cutting edge 3.6 million square foot distribution facility was recently approved in Mt. Juliet.
Amazon.com Services is listed as the buyer and new owner of two properties that total about 77 acres with East Division Street addresses, according to Wilson County property records.
The properties are where a plan to build a distribution facility off Golden Bear Gateway, East Division and Athlete's Way North was approved on Oct. 28, by Mt. Juliet commissioners.
The proposal, expected to provide anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 jobs based on discussions at public meetings and work sessions, went through the approval process under the code name Project Sam.
One tract purchased by Amazon.com Services is just over 60 acres and was sold for just over $3.79 million, property records state. The property was appraised for $230,500 as agricultural land.
The other property listed at just under 17 acres was sold for just over $1.17 million to Amazon.com Services, according to records. That property was appraised at $97,400 as farm land, the records state.
The total price for the properties sold is more than $4.96 million.
Project Sam was linked to Amazon by multiple sources during the approval process, but was not confirmed by the company.
An Amazon representative did confirm company's land purchase in Mt. Juliet, but did not elaborate further.
"Amazon is a dynamic business and we are constantly exploring new locations and weighing a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve customers, however, we have a policy of not commenting on our future roadmap. This land purchase provides us with the flexibility to quickly respond to our future network needs ..." Amazon spokesman Owen Torres said in an email.
Project Sam was approved as a planned unit development, which allows only the specific plan the city granted approval for, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty said.
The Mt. Juliet planning commission recently approved a mass grading plan for the site and initial work is underway, Mt. Juliet Planning Director Jennifer Hamblen said.
The facility is projected to process “hundreds of millions of online orders,” in the coming years according to statements made in the approval process.
The facility is projected to have 3.52 million square feet of warehouse space and 80,000 square feet of office space, according to design plans submitted to the city's planning department.
Plans for the facility were for five stories and a height of 92 feet.
Job types have been described as "world-class" high tech and "next generation" and would include fulfillment, tech, robotics, logistics and managerial white collar positions with several levels of employment, Panattoni representative Whitfield Hamilton has said during the approval process.
The rezone and preliminary plan approval by Mt. Juliet commissioners included multiple conditions required from Panattoni Development Co., which has represented the client. Those conditions included road improvements, greenway trail and sewer connection.
The facility is targeted for completion around the spring of 2021.
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