The Amazon site and other GTA East Industrial Park buildings are being constructed at an incredible speed, according to Ajax Mayor Shaun Collier.
Currently 30,000 sq. feet of the building is being completed every day and the project remains on schedule to meet the original target completion date of September 2021.
“When complete, the industrial park project will boast 3,000 jobs, for which I’m told the first hiring will start in the spring and summer,” Collier told members of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade last week.
The Amazon building alone will bring $1.3 million in permit fees and $9.3 million in development charges for the town. The large influx in development charges will have an immediate impact, covering an anticipated $9.3 million shortfall in the Development Charges Reserve fund. The development charges remove the pressure on the town’s tax base and eliminate the need for internal borrowing, said Mayor Collier.
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Mayor Collier, who is also Chair of the Durham Region Transit Executive Committee, reported that Durham Region Transit is looking at bus route options to best serve the Amazon employees, making taking transit more convenient for employees – saving them money and doing our part to reduce carbon emissions from personal vehicles.
He said the committee is also in conversation with the Ministry of Transportation to understand timelines and advocate for 400-series connections including the 412 at Rossland Road. This link would provide an additional, convenient link to the 407 and 401 via the 412 for the GTA East Industrial Park tenants, including Amazon’s employees and truck traffic, relieving pressure on our in-town roads.