Chesterfield leaders talk about Amazon impact on county

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Amazon is delivering hundreds of jobs to our area! Construction on two distribution centers could begin as early as next week.

The governor announced the big plans today for one facility at Chesterfield's Meadowville Technology Park, near Rivers Bend and the other at Dinwiddie Commerce Park, at the I-85, 460/US 1 interchange. This will bring more than 1300 jobs to both counties.

A year from now Amazon will be shipping from its new fulfillment center at Meadowville. A welcome sight for some neighbors in Rivers Bend.

Damon Spain has a new neighbor moving in internet retail giant, Amazon. A deal one year in the making.

"It's exciting," said Spain.

For new opportunities.

"It's going to create some jobs we need some jobs around here hopefully it will help," said Spain.

One thousand jobs for Chesterfield alone. This is a layout of the Meadowville plans by local engineering firm, The Timmons Group. The distribution center is one million square feet.

"It is one of the few places where you can put a facility of that size in," said Chesterfield County Administrator, Jay Stegmaier.

County leaders said Amazon considered numerous locations but with infrastructure already in place and easy access to major interstates, Meadowville became ideal for the project.

The Meadowville interchange off 295 opened just last week.

"The sewer, the water, getting the interchange done was important," said Stegmaier.

A distribution center, about the same size, is also being built in neighboring Dinwiddie. Greg Reid, the county's Economic Development Director, said he first thought the two counties were competing against each other when they made presentations to Amazon in Seattle last August.

Reid said Dinwiddie's facility will process larger items, like golf bags. While the Chesterfield site will ship out smaller orders like electronics.

Stegmaier points out a huge trickle-down effect on industries like retail and the housing market.

"A thousand jobs will go a long way towards denting the unemployment rate," said Stegmaier.

Amazon said there will be a range of jobs available when both the Dinwiddie and Chesterfield centers are completed by next fall.

County leaders said another advantage was the proximity for both locations to UPS and Fed-Ex, which Amazon uses to ship items to your home.

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