Arlington, WA – Amazon announced today (4/8/21) that the development known as “Project Roxy” in Arlington, Washington is being built as an Amazon Fulfillment Center. The City of Arlington was under a strict confidentiality agreement during the development permitting process.
The building will be located at 172nd Street (SR 531) and 51st Avenue, south of the Arlington Airport, in the City’s Cascade Industrial Center.
Street improvements are included with the development, as part of the project’s traffic mitigation fee. A roundabout will be constructed at 172nd Street (SR 531) and 43rd Avenue NE. A new street, 168th Street (paralleling 172nd Street) will be built, as an alternate route to 172nd Street. These street improvement will be done as the building project concludes. Improvements to 51st Avenue and 43rd Avenue are also included in the project development.
Construction at the Amazon location will begin the week of April 12, 2021, starting with grading of the site. The general contractor is Clark Construction Group, LLC. They have been soliciting local sub-contractors to assist with the construction.
The five-story building will be an Amazon Robotic Sortation/Fulfillment Center, where robotics will move product to workstations for workers to place customers’ ordered items in containers. Workers will package and process orders for shipment and delivery. Approximately 1000 jobs will be available once the center is operational.
“Later this year, we will begin hiring for a wide range of roles; everything from receiving and stowing inventory, to shipping customer orders and supporting network logistics,” stated Boler Davis. “Amazon offers opportunities for professional development, and encourages current employees, as well as interested candidates, to consider building a longer-term career with us.”
On top of Amazon’s national starting wage of $15 per hour, the company offers full-time employees comprehensive benefits, including full medical, vision, and dental insurance as well as a 401(k) with 50 percent match starting on day one. Amazon also offers up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave, and pays 95 percent of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. Amazon was recently ranked #2 on the Forbes World’s Best Employers list.