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Amazon plans to build delivery station in West Humboldt Park that could bring up to 500 jobs

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 6/23/2021 Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune
a blue bench: Workers fill boxes to ship at an Amazon fulfillment center Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 in Romeoville. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune Workers fill boxes to ship at an Amazon fulfillment center Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 in Romeoville.

Amazon is planning to build a facility in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood that could employ hundreds of people.

Construction has not yet started on the 140,000-square-foot delivery station, which is expected to open in late 2022, Amazon said Tuesday. A delivery station is a package’s last stop before it is delivered to a customer.

Amazon recently paid about $35 million for the approximately 26 acres of land, according to people familiar with the deal. Documents are not yet recorded on the Cook County clerk’s website.

Ald. Emma Mitts, 37th, said in a statement that the facility will bring needed jobs to Chicago’s West Side and “inspire renewed hope to already disadvantaged neighborhoods further recently ravaged by the economic shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The site is expected to create nearly 500 full- and part-time jobs, according to Mitts, who said Amazon did not seek city funding in connection with the project.

It will add to Amazon’s sizable footprint in Illinois, where the company already has nine fulfillment and sorting centers and eight delivery stations, in addition to other stores and facilities. Last month, Amazon said it has more than 36,000 full- and part-time employees in Illinois, roughly 15,000 of whom were hired in 2020.

The seller of the West Humboldt Park site is Joel Fink, president and CEO of Allied Metal Co., which uses a portion of the site along Kostner Avenue and Division Street. He declined to comment.

Fink’s family had owned the land for several decades. The size of the site has increased with a series of deals over several years.

Fink’s father Marvin, who died in 2006, was a shareholder in the White Sox and Bulls.

The Chicago Fire soccer team made an offer to buy the site for a new training facility, before being outbid by Amazon, according to people familiar with the site.

Fire owner Joe Mansueto’s real estate investment business is involved in a $50 million office campus development next to the site, called The Terminal.

The Major League Soccer team now is seeking approval for a $90 million training facility in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

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