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Amazon’s 1-million-square-foot Kenosha Fulfillment Center opened in 2015 at the the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 142.

OAK CREEK — Amazon is not commenting on whether it may bring a four-story fulfillment center with more than 1,000 full-time jobs to a new business park being created along Interstate 94 in Oak Creek. According to regulatory documents filed June 26 with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources by Pinnacle Engineering Group, Ryan Business Park LLC has a potential construction project on the east side of I-94 at Ryan Road for a “commercial warehouse and distribution facility serving as an internet retail fulfillment center.”

Despite the seeming specificity of that description fitting Amazon, the key developer, Michael Faber, said in fact he’s been talking with two “very large” potential users and hopes to land one of them. The business park would only accommodate one of them, he said.

“I would love to have a big user like (Amazon),” said Faber, founder and owner of Capstone Development Co. which does business as Capstone Quadrangle.

“As of today (Wednesday), I have nothing signed with anybody,” Faber said. In addition to talking with the two very large prospects, he said he’s also been in talks with “several” mid-size prospects for his business park which has about 90 developable acres and about 105 total acres.

The 2.56-million-square-foot Oak Creek building referred to in the regulatory filing would be 80 feet tall with a footprint of 669,000 square feet.

Smaller than Kenosha

If indeed Amazon did come to that site, it would be using a smaller footprint than Amazon’s Kenosha operations. There, Amazon has a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center and an adjacent 500,000-square-foot sortation center.

The regulatory filing also perhaps hints the proposed building could be a project for Amazon because it is referred to as Project Arrow; Amazon’s logo incorporates a curved arrow.

The filing describes a parking lot for 1,800 automobiles.

Asked about the possibility of Amazon opening a new fulfillment center in Oak Creek, company spokeswoman Alyssa Tran responded, “Amazon is constantly investigating new locations to support the growth and increase the flexibility of its North American network to address customers’ needs. Amazon is not yet commenting on any specific plans in Wisconsin.”

Doug Seymour, City of Oak Creek director of community development, declined to say whether the city has had discussions with any particular potential occupant for Ryan Business Park.

“Amazon is not yet commenting on any specific plans in Wisconsin.” Alyssa Tran, Amazon spokeswoman
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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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