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Amazon plans 3rd Long Island warehouse, Nassau officials say

Amazon plans to convert this former Waldbaum's in

Amazon plans to convert this former Waldbaum's in Carle Place into a distribution center, town and county officials said. Credit: Google Maps

Amazon plans to open another local warehouse on the site of a long-closed grocery store in Carle Place, local officials said Thursday.

The internet retailing giant is working with a local developer to convert the former Waldbaum’s supermarket at 2 Westbury Ave. into a distribution center.

“They are looking to bring one of their facilities there,” said Viviana Russell, a Town of North Hempstead councilwoman, referring to the Carle Place property.

Russell said she met with Amazon representatives and advised them to speak with the Carle Place Civic Association and other community groups about potential traffic congestion.

“Westbury Avenue is very busy,” she said. “Whatever they can do with regard to their operation to make sure it doesn’t increase the traffic along Glen Cove Road and is not disruptive to the residents of Carle Place and Westbury, the better.”

An Amazon official said the company didn't have "any news to share ... at this time."

“We are constantly exploring new locations and weighing a variety of factors when deciding where to develop sites to best serve customers, however, we don’t provide information on our future roadmap,” the spokesperson said.

Nassau County officials said the retailer had submitted documents for necessary approvals.

“Nassau County can confirm that we have received a site plan for a last-mile location for Amazon,” said Christine Geed, a spokeswoman for County Executive Laura Curran. “Nassau County is very excited about that.”

“Last mile” refers to the final leg of the process to deliver goods to customers’ homes.

An official at the county’s Industrial Development Agency said it has not received an application for tax breaks from Amazon or the property’s owner.

The shuttered supermarket is owned by Brisbane-Steel Carle Place LLC, according to Dec. 23 property records.

Amazon already has two other facilities in Nassau: 201 Grumman Rd. West and 80 Grumman Rd. West, both in Bethpage, and both owned by developer Steel Equities of Bethpage.

Steel Equities officials didn’t immediately respond on Thursday to a request for comment on the new Amazon project, which was first reported by Long Island Business News.

The Carle Place Civic Association said it has concerns about the warehouse plan.

“We are concerned about the traffic since it’s in a highly congested area,” said association president Ursula Babino. “But [we are] welcoming a nonvacant store in the area. We have quite a few vacant businesses in the area,” she said.

Babino said an Amazon development executive, Brad Griggs, met with the association on Tuesday, saying the retailer’s warehouse could have less traffic than the site had when the Waldbaum’s store was open. 

— with Victor Ocasio, Daysi Calavia-Robertson and Tory N. Parrish

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