Johnston, Ri, Approves Amazon Warehouse Promising 1,500 Jobs

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Johnston Town Council voted to approve a 20-year tax deal with Amazon to build a large warehouse there.

Under the agreement approved Wednesday, Amazon will pay an average of $7.2 million a year in property taxes, The Boston Globe reported.

The 3.8 million-square-foot warehouse, what the company calls a fulfillment center, will employ at least 1,500 people, Mayor Joseph Polisena said at the public hearing at a high school in Johnston, which is just west of Providence. Several hundred people attended, the newspaper reported.

“This will solidify the financial stability of this town for the next 20 years,” Polisena said.

Gov. Dan McKee was also present at the meeting and supports the project.

The council also approved a community partnership agreement that requires the company to provide up to $90,000 a year in bus passes for employees, to pay for a traffic study, and to pay up to $1 million for needed changes based on the traffic coming in and out of the facility.

Amazon will also pay $5.3 million over 10 years to the town's public safety; pay over a half-million dollars to the high school annually for a career pathway program; and give one-time amounts for youth sports, a senior center, a town land trust and a park.