Failed Pinnacle Race Course Property Set To Become New Site For Amazon Warehouses

What was previously Pinnacle Race Course is currently under construction to become two new Amazon warehouses. According to The Detroit Free Press, Amazon plans to bring about 1,000 jobs to the two warehouses being built south of Detroit Metro Airport.

John Enos, the township’s community development director, said construction appears to be moving very fast. The warehouses being built on the one mile race track could be finished as early as next summer.

“One is going to be more warehousing, one will be more technology and separation and sorting,” Enos said to Detroit Free Press’s JC Reindl. “They are pretty much located on the track, which is interesting to see from my standpoint as a planner and builder guy. There were a lot of very expensive soils put into that racetrack, different layers of sand and gravel, specifically put there for horses to run on.”

Christopher Girdwood, executive director of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corp., said that Amazon only plans to use 100 acres of the 650 acre site, leaving room for more development.

“This is not the only thing you are going to see at Pinnacle,” Girdwood said. “This is a large piece of property, and this project is just a small piece of it.”

At least $50 million in capital was sunk into the racetrack that opened in 2008 in the middle of the recession. It closed in 2010 with operational losses.

Read more at freep.com.

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