Amazon says plans for distribution warehouse in Churchill

Amazon has ended plans for a distribution warehouse in Churchill. Hillwood Development wanted to create a $300 million Amazon warehouse at the former Westinghouse site.The project brought strong opposition from residents of Churchill and surrounding communities because of environmental and quality of life concerns. “We weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve our customers. It is common for us to explore multiple locations simultaneously and adjust based on our operational needs. While we have decided not to pursue the site … we are still committed to being a good neighbor, corporate citizen and community partner. We currently employ over 4,000 people in the Pittsburgh area and have contributed and committed over $2 billion in economic growth, infrastructure and employee compensation in the past decade. We look forward to continuing a great relationship with the region,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a written statement. Ever since the plan was introduced, there has been debate in the borough over it. The Churchill Borough Council had eventually approved the proposed warehouse during a special meeting in December. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald released a statement Friday following Amazon’s announcement. Read his full statement below. “We are delighted that Amazon employs 4,000 workers in our region and continues to build logistics centers with sites in Findlay, North Versailles , Aleppo, and Fairywood.As they continue to expand their footprint, we look forward to working with them.“It’s unfortunate that a small group of non-elected residents have slowed down this development and impeded the many jobs that could be beneficial to youth in the Woodland Hills School District.”Supporters said the facility would’ve brought new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that would help Woodland Hills School District.Those opposed to the warehouse put signs in their yards and protested in front of the borough building. Those in opposition said they were mainly concerned about excessive pollution and traffic as there are more than 400 homes surrounding the site and two nearby schools. Messages left with Churchill Borough Manager Alex Graziani were not immediately returned.

Amazon has ended plans for a distribution warehouse in Churchill.

Hillwood Development wanted to create a $300 million Amazon warehouse at the former Westinghouse site.

The project brought strong opposition from residents of Churchill and surrounding communities because of environmental and quality of life concerns.

“We weigh a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites to best serve our customers. It is common for us to explore multiple locations simultaneously and adjust based on our operational needs. While we have decided not to pursue the site … we are still committed to being a good neighbor, corporate citizen and community partner. We currently employ over 4,000 people in the Pittsburgh area and have contributed and committed over $2 billion in economic growth, infrastructure and employee compensation in the past decade. We look forward to continuing a great relationship with the region,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a written statement.

Ever since the plan was introduced, there has been debate in the borough over it.

The Churchill Borough Council had eventually approved the proposed warehouse during a special meeting in December.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald released a statement Friday following Amazon’s announcement. Read his full statement below.

“We are delighted that Amazon employs 4,000 workers in our region and continues to build logistics centers with sites in Findlay, North Versailles, Aleppo, and Fairywood. As they continue to expand their footprint, we look forward to working with them.

“It’s unfortunate that a small group of non-elected residents have slowed down this development and impeded the many jobs that could be beneficial to youth in the Woodland Hills School District.”

Supporters said the facility would’ve brought new jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues that would help Woodland Hills School District.

Those opposed to the warehouse put signs in their yards and protested in front of the borough building.

Those in opposition said they were mainly concerned about excessive pollution and traffic as there are more than 400 homes surrounding the site and two nearby schools.

Messages left with Churchill Borough Manager Alex Graziani were not immediately returned.

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