Amazon delivery center in the former Haldex building in Blue Springs

By Mike Genet mike.genet@examiner.net
The Examiner

Although Amazon has not said how many jobs it will bring, it does plan to open a delivery center in the former Haldex building in eastern Blue Springs by the end of the year, and crews have started to expand the facility.

In Friday’s announcement from the city and company, Amazon said it plans to start hiring about two months before opening.

The delivery center will be at 2400 N.E. Coronado Drive, just east of Adams Pointe Golf Club and south of Interstate 70. Haldex, a Swedish auto parts manufacturer, closed up shop in 2020 after announcing that it would transfer operations to its plant in Mexico for cheaper labor. That move cost about 150 local jobs.

Spaces for 350 Amazon delivery vans are being added at the old Haldex site in Blue Spring. Amazon says it plans to open a distribution center there this year.

In September and October 2020, the city approved Ambrose Property Group for rezoning adjacent land and a permit to remodel the facility as a delivery center, though city documents at that time did not mention Amazon, which had a non-disclosure agreement with Ambrose.

Amazon will lease the property from Ambrose. No tax abatements or other public incentives are involved in the project.

“They tried to keep it secret,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “It was a third-party remodeling, and during the public hearing it became obvious who they were talking about.”

The facility is about 70,000 square feet, and according to the release Amazon is remodeling the building, where goods will be sorted before final delivery. A 30,000-square foot overhead canopy is to be added to the rear of the building for loading, and more than 350 parking spaces for delivery vans will be added to the rear and side of the building.

Scott Sanders, Ambrose vice president, told the council in September that while much of the van delivery traffic will head west, toward the busy Coronado-Adams Dairy Parkway intersection, Amazon tries to stagger delivery traffic against peak traffic hours. About a dozen tractor-trailer vehicles would visit the facility daily, he said, but they would arrive and unload overnight.

The facility will be Amazon’s second delivery center and ninth overall building in Missouri, including two fulfillment centers, four Whole Foods Market locations and one Air Gateway.

While the number of jobs is unknown, Ross said the simple facts of replacing some lost jobs and filling an empty building are most important.

“I don’t like to have empty buildings in the city, and if we can backfill, great,” he said. “When this came about we were just thrilled.”