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State board signs off on road funds for Amazon distribution facility in Twinsburg

by MARC KOVAC CAPITAL BUREAU CHIEF Published: August 31, 2016 12:00 AM

Columbus -- The state Controlling Board released $310,000 Aug. 22 for road improvements to accommodate a new Amazon.com distribution facility in Twinsburg's Cornerstone Business Park.

The funds are being used to extend Independence Parkway about 750 feet to the south past Route 82 and will include new utilities, curbing, sidewalks and related infrastructure, plus lighting and trees, according to documents.

The improvements will cost about $877,000 overall, according to documents.

The road extension will "allow construction of a distribution building on a 15-acre site," where Amazon.com earlier announced intentions to locate a sorting facility.

The company has secured tax credits, an abatement and other state and local incentives for the 248,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center.

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With the state incentives, Amazon would commit to creating 150 full-time equivalent positions at the site, with a payroll of about $4 million, according to documents.

"I'm excited to see the construction of Amazon's new Twinsburg facility move forward," said LaRose. "The investment in this new site is an investment in the local families who will benefit from the 150 high-quality jobs the project will bring to our community."

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


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