TOWN OF MONTGOMERY - The developer who is building a giant Amazon warehouse in Orange County bought the four properties that make up the 190-acre site for almost $7 million last month, according to sale records filed Monday with the Orange County Clerk's Office.
Two of the purchases were made on Feb. 14, the same day the Town of Montgomery's Industrial Development Agency approved $20.5 million in tax breaks for the $75.2 million project. The other two transactions were consummated on Feb. 20, two days after the developer started clearing the site for construction.
The developer is USEF Sailfish LLC, an entity created last year that lists the same address in San Antonio as a real estate investment firm called USAA Real Estate. Three different property owners sold USEF the land parcels.
The company is preparing to build a warehouse near the intersection of Routes 17K and 747 that will total more than 1 million square feet and become Orange County's largest building when completed. It will be one of more than 75 Amazon fulfillment centers around the U.S. and is expected to store bulky merchandise sold through the online retailer, such as patio furniture and outdoor equipment.
The developer projects the warehouse will employ more than 800 people, with salaries ranging from $31,200 to $60,000. Two lawsuits have been filed to challenge the project approvals.