Amazon plans to open distribution hub in Humboldt Park

A worker moves packed boxes at the Amazon fullfillment center May 3, 2018 in Aurora, Colorado. The million square foot facility, employing 1,000 fulltime employees, has over 2 million products ready to ship to customers globally.
A worker moves packed boxes at the Amazon fullfillment center May 3, 2018 in Aurora, Colorado. The million square foot facility, employing 1,000 fulltime employees, has over 2 million products ready to ship to customers globally. Photo credit Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Amazon is planning another distribution hub in Chicago, the latest in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Amazon paid $30 million for about 26-acres at on at the northwest corner of Kostner Avenue and Division Street, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The company plans to build a 140,000-square-foot building on the property that will be used for local deliveries and bring about 500 jobs to the neighborhood once open.

Alderwoman Emma Mitts (37th Ward) is all for it. She said the neighborhood needs the jobs and economic investment.

"In addition to bringing much-needed jobs and opportunity for under- and unemployed local residents, it will also inspire renewed hope to already disadvantaged neighborhoods further recently ravaged by the economic shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mitts said in a statement.

But not all see these distribution hubs that way, and it is expected there will be public hearings.

Last year, Amazon signed 21 new leases in the Chicago area, for a total of nearly 12 million square feet of industrial space. According to Crain's, the company said it hired more than 15,000 people in Illinois last year—a 72 percent increase of its statewide workforce—for jobs start on $16 an hour, many with signing bonuses of $1,000. Amazon also opened a half-dozen order fulfillment centers and delivery stations in Chicago neighborhoods, such as Pullman and Gage Park and several suburbs since the beginning of 2020.