Is an Amazon distribution center coming to Nampa?

NAMPA — An approximately 850,000-square-foot warehouse is being proposed in northern Nampa from the same developer that has built Amazon distribution centers around the world.

The developer, Panattoni Development Company, Inc., is applying for a conditional use permit from the city. The project, named Project Bronco, is set to go on 111 acres on the southwest corner of East Franklin Road and Star Road in northeast Nampa, near the Ford Idaho Center and the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory.

Though the applicant has not confirmed that an Amazon distribution center is planned as the project, the bottom of the application lists the project name as “PREDEV — Amazon BTS.” Panattoni Development Company, based in California, has developed several Amazon BTS distribution buildings in the U.S. and Europe. The developer could not be reached for comment.

Panattoni also has several other big-name corporations as its clients, such as FedEx, H&M, PetSmart and The Home Depot, among many others. The application states that Project Bronco has the potential to create thousands of jobs in Nampa.

The Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposed warehouse on July 10.

City officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

An Amazon distribution center in Illinois that opened in late 2016 was similarly sized at 750,000 square feet, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. In Michigan, Amazon on Tuesday confirmed it would build a more than 850,000-square-foot facility on 100 acres of vacant land near Grand Rapids, according to MLive.com. And Amazon this week disclosed its plans to build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center and employ 800 people near Albany, New York, according to the Albany Business Journal. By comparison, Walmart lists its Supercenter stores at around 182,000 square feet.

Rendering of Project Bronco, a 850,000-square-foot warehouse being proposed in north Nampa.

This article provided by NewsEdge.