Amazon gets permit to remodel warehouse near Oakland Mall

By: Terry Oparka, | Troy Times | Published July 11, 2017

TROY — The city of Troy issued a building permit June 28 to a construction company in Sedona, Arizona, for $1.35 million in alterations to warehouse space at 999 Chicago Road, just north of Oakland Mall, for retail giant Amazon. 

According to the city Assessing Department, Bostic Real Estate owns the two-unit, approximately 26,000-square-foot building space at 989 and 999 Chicago Road, which was built in 1981. 

Bostic Real Estate also owns the Troy Sports Center at Big Beaver and John R roads, among other properties in Troy, and is “highly respected,” said Glenn Lapin, Troy economic development specialist.

Lapin described $1.35 million as a “modest renovation” for space he believes will be utilized for fulfilling orders. 

“It looks like a standard warehouse. It’s a quality site near I-75. We’re thrilled to have them,” Lapin said.

Troy Planning Director R. Brent Savidant said, at press time, that there had not been a site plan filed. 

“Amazon is constantly investigating new locations to support the growth and increase the flexibility of its North American network to address customers’ needs. Amazon is not yet commenting on any specific plans in Michigan,” said Amazon spokesperson Shevaun Brown via email.

According to a June 27 prepared statement from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Amazon plans to open a new “state-of-the-art product fulfillment center in the city of Romulus, investing nearly $140 million and creating 1,600 full-time, full-benefit jobs.”

According to the MEDC statement, “Michigan was chosen over competing sites in other Midwestern states and Canada following the award of a $5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Romulus has also offered support to the project in the form of bonds for infrastructure, which will (be) paid for in part by the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corp. Amazon was previously awarded a $7.5 million MBDP grant in December 2016 for the creation of 1,000 jobs at a new fulfillment center in Livonia.”