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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Amazon heads to LIC for latest delivery station—not second headquarters

CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS - Eddie Small

Amazon, which canceled plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, wants to put a delivery station in the neighborhood.

The e-commerce giant has signed a lease for about 20,000 square feet at 38-50 21st St. in the Queens neighborhood, it announced Tuesday. It plans to open the delivery station there during the second half of the year.

“We are excited to continue to invest in the state of New York with a new delivery station in Long Island City,” Amazon spokeswoman Emily Hawkins said in a statement.

Developer George Xu purchased 38-50 21st St. in 2007 from Wachovia Development for $13.6 million, according to property records. Xu did not respond to a request for comment.

Amazon famously announced in late 2018 that it planned to develop part of its second headquarters on the Long Island City riverfront, and the company just as famously announced in early 2019 that it would abandon those plans in the face of community opposition.

The e-commerce giant has made a number of real estate deals in New York since then and in recent months has been on a tear in terms of setting up delivery stations.

The company confirmed last week that it plans to open a 336,350-square-foot delivery station in Red Hook at 640 Columbia St. and a 151,000-square-foot station nearby, at 280 Richards St., next year. It also announced in January that it plans to open a 139,700-square-foot delivery station at 511 Barry St. in Hunts Point, the Bronx, and a 190,000-square-foot delivery station at 66-26 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village, Queens, this year. And it signed a lease for 975,000 square feet last year at Staten Island’s Matrix Global Logistics Park.

The firm’s activity is a reflection of how well industrial real estate in New York has held up amid the pandemic, particularly when compared with the struggles of the city’s residential, retail and office sectors. Firms leased more than 2.2 million square feet of industrial space during the third quarter of last year and about 870,000 square feet during the fourth quarter, according to CBRE.

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