Thursday, March 11, 2021

Michigan Avenue building may be Amazon facility

The worst kept secret in Canton Township may be the planned Amazon warehouse facility on Michigan Avenue.

The site of the proposed building, described only as a warehouse and delivery station, is between Beck and Denton roads and will be 183,000 square feet in size. Plans for the structure were considered by the township planning commission during a recent meeting and recommended for approval. Members of the Canton Board of Trustees were expected to approve the plans during their meeting Tuesday. 

In discussing the proposed site plan at the commission me

eting, a development company representative refused to identify Amazon as the potential user at the site. 

The Amazon logo, however, was on plan renderings included in the commissioners information packet on the township website. While the logo was partially covered with the words “tenant logo,” the Amazon name was clearly visible.

The site of the proposed building has been rezoned and the developer was granted a special land use request by members of the planning commission. While the proposed building is smaller than the massive warehouse and distribution center in Romulus and the “fulfillment center” in Livonia, the building is similar in architecture and style. Amazon is also converting the former Spartan warehouse on Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township into a “sorting center.”

Pure Development, the developer of the Canton building, has also constructed other Amazon facilities throughout the U.S.