Amazon fulfillment center coming to Oakley

Center will be first tenant in the new Contra Costa Logistics Center

An Amazon fulfillment center will be the first tenant in the Contra Costa Logistics Center under construction in northwest Oakley, bringing an estimated 800 jobs to the region, the city announced late Thursday.

The 150,000-square-foot Amazon center will be located at 6000 Wilbur Ave. off Bridgehead Road. It will be the smallest of five buildings at the site, with the largest planned at more than 642,000 square feet. No other tenants have been announced.

Mayor Kevin Romick said the Amazon center should be a major economic development engine for East Contra Costa County for years to come.

“This is a great first step in addressing the jobs/housing imbalance and will hopefully be the start of bringing more jobs to the jobs desert we currently live in,” Romick said.

A formal grand opening celebration is planned for the site on Oct. 7, when more details will be announced.“We are excited to be investing in the city of Oakley with a new delivery station to provide efficient delivery for customers, and provide hundreds of job opportunities for the talented local workforce,” said Eileen Hards, an Amazon spokesman.

Hards added that the center will include full-time and part-time jobs that pay a minimum of $15 per hour and offer a variety of benefits packages.

Kansas City‐based NorthPoint Development broke ground on the 2‐million‐square‐foot industrial business park at the former DuPont plant site in late January and expects to complete it within four years. The complex, which will house a variety of light industrial and logistics uses, is expected to bring some 2,000 jobs in the next few years to the region.

Long tapped for the site of a light industrial/business park, the former DuPont chemical plant was shuttered in 1998 after 32 years of operations, employing some 600 workers at its peak. With the new park, NorthPoint Development expects to generate 725 construction jobs, 1,890 direct jobs and 490 indirect jobs for services to the site at development’s completion some three to four years after opening, according to company strategist Jed Momot.

At completion, the business park is expected to bring in $388,400 annually to the city to Oakley as well as $420,000 a year to the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. As part of the plan, NorthPoint will also complete several roadway improvements, including Bridgehead Road’s intersections with Wilbur Avenue and Neroly Road as well as alterations on Main Street at Empire Avenue and on Big Break Road at Main Street.

On Monday, Amazon also announced it will add 100,000 jobs in cities across North America and open 100 new buildings in September. Nearby in Tracy, Amazon has said it will be adding 1,100 jobs to its center there, according to city officials.