Red Hook residents share mixed opinions over construction of new Amazon fulfillment center
Red Hook residents have mixed opinions over the surrounding construction of the new Amazon fulfillment center coming to the neighborhood.
For many residents, their main concern is congestion.
There are also concerns over whether the development is good for the community, as it will push out mom-and-pop stores impacting jobs and employment.
It will be located on Richard Street, and the center is within several feet of IKEA.
David Goldberg, of the Red Hook Alliance, believes the plan poses health risks.
Goldberg says, "If trucks are in our neighborhood and are not moving expeditiously and stalling, there's going to be excess fumes."
In a statement to News 12, Amazon says as they get closer to the launch, they will prioritize hiring from the local community for the jobs the delivery station will create.
Resident David Gray says, " I am not convinced they have their workers' interests at heart..it's up to them if they can step up and show the people of Red Hook that they could be a good employer."
It is still unknown how many jobs this Amazon project will bring and what exactly will be done inside of the facility. According to the sign positioned outside the construction site, the project is expected to be complete by May 2022.