Amazon getting close to building construction
by PI Staff
Nov 08, 2012 | 2721 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Construction on the building that will house a local Amazon.com fulfillment center is expected to begin within two weeks, according to Patterson city staff members.

The project, which is expected to be finished by late June or early July, was delayed slightly by changes made to the plans by the company, according to City Manager Rod Butler.

“The changes for the plans took a little longer than they originally thought,” Butler said Tuesday, Oct. 30. “We’re in the final stages of the plan check process now.”

Butler said he had been in contact with an executive in the company’s Seattle main office to discuss plans for hiring workers once the building is built. Those plans are not finalized, he said.

Amazon.com spokesman Scott Stanfill echoed Butler’s sentiments Tuesday, Nov. 6

“We are on track for an opening in the second quarter of 2013,” Stanfill released a statement from his office in Seattle. “We look forward to creating hundreds of jobs for the Patterson community.”

A tax-sharing deal is being brokered with the State Board of Equalization, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and Amazon.com, Butler said.

Since Sept. 15, Internet retailers have been required to collect 7.25 percent sales tax on all purchases shipped from their warehouses to buyers in California, according to the State Board of Equalization, and that will continue when Amazon.com opens in Patterson next year.

Where the product ships from is where the tax money goes, according to the law that was passed last year.

Of the 7.25 percent tax, 6.25 percent goes to the state and 1 percent to the city, which could mean millions for the city of Patterson’s city budget.

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