Amazon pulls out of Hudson warehouse project – WMUR Manchester

Amazon pulls out of Hudson warehouse project – WMUR Manchester

Town officials say developer still wants to build something
Town officials say developer still wants to build something
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Town officials say developer still wants to build something
Amazon has pulled out of a major development project in Hudson, saying it has reassessed its business needs.

Town selectman Brett Gagnon said he still believes something will get built at the location at some point, but what that will be and when it might happen is anybody’s guess.
The nearly 400-acre Green Meadow Golf Club was the site of a proposed logistics facility for distribution giant Amazon, but the company just notified the town that it is no longer interested.
The Hillwood Group, the development company in charge of the project, told town officials it still wants to build something, Gagnon said.
“In the letter they provided us, they did say they were committed to the project, so I still see them working with us and building something,” he said.
The project was set to include three buildings totaling close to 3 million square feet of warehouse space and create an estimated 1,500 jobs.
Amazon released a statement explaining its decision.
“We weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve our customers,” the statement said. “It is common for us to explore multiple locations simultaneously and adjust based on our operational needs.”
Gagnon said he could now see something on a smaller scale being built instead.
“When you have a project that is so big that it will affect the community, you do need to meet some community standards, and that’s the balancing act the planning board plays,” Gagnon said.
Bob Gilbride, of Lowell, Massachusetts, said he has played at Green Meadow every Wednesday during golf season for 58 years. He and other golfers said Monday they were thrilled by the news.
“And I hope it stays that way forever,” golfer Bob Gilbride said.
“I heard the news that they’re not going to build, and I’m happy. I’m excited,” golfer Jim Karamanolis said.
The golf course is privately owned and is still currently in a pending-sale status. Those opposed to the project have cited infrastructure and environmental concerns.
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