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Amazon named as grantee in recorded deeds

Amazon named as grantee in recorded deeds Amazon named as grantee in recorded deeds
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Two deeds — a special warranty and a quitclaim — filed in the Harrison County Recorder’s office Thursday just after noon lists Amazon.com Services LLC as the grantee of property located at the intersection of Crandall-Lanesville Road and Peter J. Schickel Way north of the Lanesville exit of Interstate 64.

In public meetings, the planned development has been referred to as Project Pioneer.

During the Sept. 2 meeting of the Harrison County Plan Commission, when the commission voted 8-0-1 to approve the land-use request, it was said the development would be an approximate 280,000-square-foot warehouse that would operate two shifts. About 350 people would be employed there, with 216 on first shift and 132 on second.

Jim Stocks, who was representing the developers, said no tax incentives were being sought for the “exciting” project that would be the first of its kind in Indiana, with a cross dock.

The deeds recorded Thursday were between Amazon.com Services, a Delaware limited liability company, and Blue Lick Development LLC, an Indiana company.

Christopher W. Jackson, who signed the deeds on behalf of Blue Lick Development, had said at the Sept. 2 plan commission meeting that the developers had gone “above and beyond” what was required to protect the community and to be good neighbors.

The two parties, according to the deed documents, had entered into an unrecorded purchase agreement on May 13 of this year for the property located in the Lanesville Planned Employment Center. The PEC, which includes 700 acres around the Lanesville interchange, has been in place since 2002, with only two businesses currently located there, Areva Pharmaceuticals’ warehouse and J.C. Moag’s warehouse and manufacturing facility.

Darrell Voelker, director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corp., who was reached for comment while out of town on vacation, said he has yet to be given the go-ahead to confirm that the distribution center at Lanesville will be an Amazon facility.

At last month’s plan commission meeting, as well as at other county government meetings, Voelker, who signed a non-disclosure agreement for the project, has referred to the development as a distribution center.

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