Amazon to build distribution facility in Henrietta

Amazon is coming to Monroe County. (SBG file photo)

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHAM) - Amazon is coming to Monroe County.

On Tuesday evening, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo held a news conference with county business leaders to make the announcement about the major economic development.

"For today, a huge win for the county of Monroe, for our residents, the people who are here," said Dinolfo.

Amazon will be building a 70,000-square-foot facility on Clay Road between Jefferson Road and Strasenburgh Drive in Henrietta.

The center will be the last leg of their distribution chain in the upstate New York region.

This is the first facility of its kind in upstate New York, Dinolfo said. It's unclear how many jobs will be created, but county leaders say the impact will be "significant."

"These are real jobs for real families, and real results for the people of Monroe (County)," said Dinolfo.

And many are happy for not only more jobs, but getting a big name business like Amazon.

"Great for our economy. It's going to bring work in, and I'll take jobs wherever we can get them," said Henrietta resident Andrea Giardino.

"It's good for the city, it's good for the people, and it creates jobs," said Bruce Shafer of Henrietta. "Kodak is gone, all the big companies we had from years ago - so it's nice to see a big company with the Amazon name come to town."

Kathi Hall, also of Henrietta, hopes getting a name like Amazon could put the area back on the economic map.

"With Kodak moving out and Xerox downsizing and moving, we need something here," said Hall. "We need a big business back in this town, we really do."

Amazon first came to the Rochester area about 45 days ago, according to FSI contractor Frank Imburgia. The site will become a fulfillment and a package delivery center.

All of the approvals are in place for zoning and development in Henrietta, Imburgia said.

"We're looking at a few months down the road," Dinolfo said.

Tax incentives will be approved through Imagine Monroe, Dinolfo said. The county is "not prepared to share those details just yet."

Another business, RPC Photonics, Inc. is also operating in the front of the building where Amazon is slated to move in. Imburgia says the two businesses will both be tenants at the same time.

WHMA will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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