Amazon Opening Distribution Warehouse and 24-Hour Automated Pickup and Drop-Off Hub on Shure Drive in Arlington Heights


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In April 2020, Arlington Heights officials announced a worldwide business was planning to locate a short-term warehousing, sorting and distribution operation at a vacant building on the northwest side of Arlington Heights. Also, in April 2020, then unidentified Amazon facility details were released by Conor Real Estate regarding a rumored Amazon distribution center at 315 South Hicks Road in Palatine. The Palatine Amazon facility was confirmed publicly in May 2020 and is scheduled for an October 2020 opening. Next, in June 2020 — at an Arlington Heights Village Board Meeting on Monday night June 15, 2020 — an Arlington Heights Amazon facility was confirmed to be in the planning and approval stages, and it was revealed that the Arlington Heights Amazon facility is scheduled for a September 2020 opening.

At the Village Board meeting Monday night, June 15, 2020 a sign variation request before the board revealed that Amazon was requesting variations for three Wall Signs and five Directional Ground Signs at 1455 West Shure Drive. Previously on May 26, 2020, Design Commissioners Eckhardt, Kubow, Seyer, Kingsley and Chair Fitzgerald had voted in favor of the Amazon proposal, and the motion carried. Amazon met with Arlington Heights Village Board Monday night June 15, 2020 via a virtual meeting using video conference technology due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Seattle-based Amazon’s proposal, previously with an unknown identity to the public, received support of board members in early April 2020 for a Cook County Class 6b property tax break for the facility in northwest Arlington Heights. The vacant 215,000-square-foot office and warehouse building at 1455 West Shure Drive will be assessed at lower levels for 12 years. The site is the former location of the Nokia Siemens Networks Arlington Heights facility, which occupied the site from September 2011 until December 2017.

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The Amazon warehouse will serve as a general package delivery distribution center, and the facility will also feature a 24-hour Amazon Hub customer service and package pickup/drop-off area. For product pickup, customers will be able to enter a code to access a machine, which will open to reveal a package that has been ordered, according to Amazon construction manager Asher Cousin. Customers will also be able to return products using an online code entered on a machine that accepts the return. The Amazon “Lockers” concept was launched in 2011 and is currently available as an “Amazon Hub” at apartment buildings, stores and other Amazon Hub sites.

Currently there are Amazon Lockers available at BMO Bank sites, 7-Eleven sites, Whole Foods and more. See Amazon Lockers

An Amazon Locker experience documented in 2016 by Business Insider that might function similarly to the improved version of the “machine” available at the Amazon Hub that will be available in Arlington Heights on Shure Drive.

Amazon acquired a building permit in Arlington Heights last week for interior renovation work at the large warehouse at 1455 West Shure Drive, planning $4.4 million in building upgrades that includes interior demolition, building out office space, a new HVAC system, automated distribution equipment, dock equipment, an alarm system, and parking lot expansion and design, and driveway design that includes traffic flow for customers, delivery drivers and employees. An estimated 200 passenger vehicles and 260 delivery vans and trucks would enter and exit the Arlington Heights Amazon site on a daily basis.

Amazon is planning to employ 181 delivery drivers, 130 part-time package handlers, and 30 management employees.

An Amazon Locker at a Co-Op store that might function similar to the machine at the Amazon Hub that will be available in Arlington Heights on Shure Drive.



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