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Amazon? Mysterious ‘Project Rocket’ advances outside Atlanta

80-foot tall distribution centre being built in Atlanta could be an Amazon "beehive"


August 8, 2018
by The Associated Press (APR)

A cross section of the proposed “beehive” drone DC.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – A mysterious economic development project code-named “Project Rocket” is advancing in Atlanta’s suburbs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the identity of the company seeking the massive distribution facility remains shrouded in secrecy. The story notes that e-commerce giant Amazon has reportedly been seeking an Atlanta-area site for a new fulfilment centre.

Gwinnett County Planning Commission Chairman Chuck Warbington said he doesn’t know who the tenant would be, but voted to recommend a special use permit anyway, calling it “an absolute game-changer for new investment.”

Plans for “Project Rocket” include more than 1,800 employee parking spaces outside a 2.5-million-square-foot facility with an 80-foot-tall (24-meter) building, 65 loading docks and 200 truck parking spaces.

More than a dozen nearby residents expressed concerns about traffic and noise from all-night operations.

Could it be one of the fanciful designs, like the “beehive”, that we reported on last year?  Only time will tell.