An initial round of state grant money has been approved to allow Amazon.com to move forward with a planned warehouse in Middletown that could employ about 850 people.
The Delaware Council on Development Finance has decided to allocate just over $3.47-million from the Strategic Fund, which offers incentives to companies that locate or expand in Delaware and bring significant numbers of jobs. The funds would go toward construction of a warehouse facility at a 76-acre site off Route 301. The project may get underway in the spring and be completed sometime in the fall of 2012.
Additionally, the nation’s largest online retailer is seeking more grant money from the state for infrastructure needs at the warehouse. Amazon.com also has a warehouse on Route 273 in New Castle. Last week Middletown Town Council approved plans for a warehouse project at the site, before it was confirmed that Amazon.com was the interested party.