Over a year after Amazon decided not to move forward with its planned “HQ2” in Long Island City, NY due to public pressure against the project, Fort Bend County can count itself the home of a new Amazon Fulfillment Center.
Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced breaking ground on the facility’s construction Thursday on Twitter.
After the Long Island City debacle, in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez almost single-handedly sunk the plans, George wrote to Amazon offering his county as an option for the shipping magnate.
To the southwest side of Houston, Fort Bend County is home to over 800,000 people and has been rapidly increasing since the 1990s. While largely a residential county, wherein those who work in Houston or Harris County generally choose to live, more and more business has sprung up in Fort Bend County itself.
On 93.5 acres of land, the 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will result in 1,000 jobs for the area. It has a target launch date of 2021, according to George.
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