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Planned Amazon fulfilment center could bring hundreds of jobs to Connecticut

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Amazon may be relocating to Waterbury and Naugatuck, which will create up to 1,000 permanent employments.

It's still in the early phases, but Amazon held a public event on Wednesday, June 29, so people had the opportunity to see the idea, provide input, and ask questions.

Many people who attended the event had positive things to say about the proposed development.

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Amazon intends to make the more than 160-acre property near the Naugatuck Industrial Park the state's latest fulfillment facility.

The property is located in Waterbury and Naugatuck.

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The developer, Bluewater Property Group, guided citizens through the early phases of the project in both the city and town halls.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary said: “We really want to make sure we maintain the quality of life for our residents of the south end of Waterbury to the best of our ability with a project this size,”

The facility could provide as many as 1,000 permanent jobs, and hundreds of construction jobs, have a favorable influence on nearby companies and provide a career route for high school graduates who do not want to attend college.

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People at the conference also expressed their worries and asked questions about traffic, air pollution, and the electricity system.

When it comes to power, the mayor stated that they are working closely with Eversource and that traffic, air quality, noise, and light pollution studies would be conducted.

O’Leary said: “There’s a pretty good buffer zone all the way around this project, but still those are things that are important,”

He said a proposed zoning change would be discussed at a planning and zoning meeting next month, but it is only the first stage in a protracted process. Even if approved, the proposal is not always approved.

Source:  NBC Connecticut

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