Forney: Amazon Looks to Build 1M-Square-Foot Fulfillment Center
Featured Photo (above): An Amazon Fulfillment Center on LBJ Freeway in Dallas. Another fulfillment center is planned in Forney, east of Dallas. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz Forney (Kaufman County)–An e-commerce retail giant is doubling down on its presence east of Dallas by planning a 1-million-square-foot warehouse/distribution center.
A project registered May 27 with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shows a 1.08-million-square-foot warehouse distribution proposed for location at the corner of Gateway Boulevard and Akron Way.
A proposed 1-million-square-foot commercial distribution/warehouse facility, reportedly owned by Amazon Inc., will be located on a vacant tract south of the Goodyear facility in Forney. Image: Google Maps
The new so-called “e-commerce fulfillment facility” will include a 250,028-square-foot mezzanine and a 34,457-square-foot office area.
The estimated total cost is $80 million with a scheduled construction launch date of July 1. Construction is slated to take place over one year.
The description “fulfillment center” is synonymous with Amazon Inc., which has recently expanded its presence in Texas.
The e-commerce retailer is currently building a 200,000-square-foot distribution center in Forney across the street from the proposed fulfillment center location. The center is set to open later this year.
Additionally, Amazon plans to build a 3.8-million-square-foot distribution/logistics complex in Pflugerville, and has begun leasing 441,000 square feet of existing industrial space in Round Rock.
The company, also, has just started construction on a 2.8-million-square-foot fulfillment center in El Paso. Amazon has several complexes around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties is developing the Forney property, which lies immediately south of the 1.2-million-square-foot Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. distribution facility.
Seefried is developing Amazon’s Pflugerville site, and has developed three other fulfillment sites around the country.
Ohio-based Ford & Associates Architects is the listed designer for the planned Forney project. Ford & Associates has designed multiple Amazon facilities nationwide.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.