‘No idea where this is going’: Greensboro neighbors worry about Amazon’s distribution facility


GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) – Farmland in southern Greensboro is set to be turned into an Amazon warehouse and fulfillment center.

Greensboro City Council approved an application to annex and rezone 109 acres at 238 Ritters Lake Road from residential to light industrial last November.

The mostly forested area is part of “Project J,” which is a plan to build the next Amazon fulfillment center, according to a planning and zoning official.

Planning documents reveal the operation could be as large as a 634,812 square foot facility.

Amazon Installation Site Map

“This tenant is committed to being a long-term asset to the community, and I can say that based on precedents in other markets where they currently are,” said Taylor Williams, a representative from Williams Development. Group.

Plans are for people living next to the property

“I just feel like it’s going to destroy the quality of the neighborhood,” said Donna Reed, who lives next door to the property.

Reed has lived on Ritters Lake Road for 16 years. She said the peace and quiet drew her to the neighborhood.

There are currently only farmlands, trees, houses and two churches on the rural street.

“Save this memory because from what I understand it won’t be quiet for long,” she said. “Our road is not equipped. It’s only two lanes with no line and our water system. We have private wells at this point, and we are really concerned about the value of our properties and our ownership.

Site plans show three entrances on Ritters Lake Road and one on South Elm-Eugene Street and a tree buffer at the rear of the property.

The nearest access point on Randleman Road would be used as the primary entry and exit route for trucks. The South Elm-Eugene Street entrance would be used for seasonal traffic.

The plan proposes a new southbound lane on South Elm-Eugene Street and a roundabout on Ritters Lake Road. An additional lane would be added to Ritters Lake Road to include a turning lane to the facility.

It is estimated that 4,188 journeys are added on the road, including 603 journeys during the morning rush hour and 1,006 journeys during the evening rush hour.

“It’s a good site close to the highway, centrally located in the area,” said Michael Fox, attorney for Williams Development Group. “The Triad has seen a number of similar projects like this.”

This project is similar to upcoming projects like Boom Supersonic and the Toyota Battery Plant.

“We anticipate a significant number of jobs and a significant capital investment with this project,” Fox said.

Fox told the Greensboro Planning and Zoning Commission that 65 notices were mailed to residents surrounding the property and a Zoom meeting was held to seek feedback.

Reed plans to keep an eye on the property.

“They cleared the land,” she said. “They stripped all the trees, and this is my neighbor.”

She focuses on the uncertainty of a neighbor who will create another kind of life for her.

“Who knows what will happen next? said Reed. “Pollution, water. I just have no idea where this is going to lead.

FOX8 contacted Amazon and the attorney representing the Williams Development Group several times on Thursday and did not receive a comment.

The owner told FOX8 he was not aware of any plans for an Amazon fulfillment center. They clarified that they were not selling the land directly to Amazon, but to a developer.


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