Amazon building at Springs' airport has "end date" of Feb. 1, 2019


A bit of a tizzy erupted last week when, on Oct. 4, it was learned that online giant Amazon was hiring about 300 part-timers locally via a job fair at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, and building some sort of facility near Colorado Springs Airport.

The issue became more intriguing when Mayor John Suthers wouldn't comment on the hirings or whether the city has an agreement and details about that agreement.

Nor would City Councilor Andy Pico, who also serves as the Council representative on the Airport Advisory Commission. He wouldn't even confirm to the Independent the company is Amazon.

But it might be time to say, "Whoa, Nellie. Don't get too excited."

A close look at plans, filed with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, for a $2.8 million building that appears to be associated with the Amazon hiring push states, "THE SITE IS TO BE USED TEMPORARILY WITH AN END DATE OF FEBRUARY 1ST 2019."

Those plans — for a "frame supported fabric structure" to be used as a "distribution warehouse (postal)" by a "confidential corporate client" — can be found on the website of the Regional Building.

The plans also note, "This application is for a temporary use to be used for a distribution center." The layout, according to the plans, includes a tent facility, support office building, support restroom building and support breakroom building.

The construction is taking place on land owned by the city, according to the El Paso County Assessor's Office.

According to RBD's website, the site had been graded by Sept. 11 but no materials for construction yet delivered. Since then, several inspections have been conducted.

Pico says he can't speak to the project in any way, but generally, the Commercial Aeronautical Zone at the airport enables the city to provide tax breaks to companies locating there.

Otherwise, the city also can offer new businesses sales tax rebates based on specified criteria, such as jobs created and the like, he says, adding, "And to be completely honest, I do not know if it’s Amazon. I know we are talking with companies."

He says City Council has not been briefed on the project, but an announcement about it could come at any time.

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