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Amazon looking at distribution center for Pontiac Silverdome site

Posted at 10:08 AM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 10:08:15-04

PONTIAC, Mich. — The former home of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons may soon be a new home for Amazon.

The online retailer presented a site plan to build on the 127-acre site of the Pontiac Silverdome during a special meeting of the Pontiac Planning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Commission members approved a preliminary site plan at the meeting, according to Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.

The abandoned and deteriorating 80,000-plus seat stadium was demolished in 2017. The Pontiac Silverdome opened in 1975 and was the primary home for the Lions until 2001. The Silverdome was also home to the Pistons from 1978 to 1988.

The $250 million plan for the site is to be used as a warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment campus.

It would be Amazon's first location in the nation to have both a fulfillment center and delivery station, according to a press release.

The project would create an estimated 1,500 full-time jobs and hundreds of part-time positions.

The plan now moves to the full Pontiac City Council.

A final decision isn't expected to happen for months.

If the plan is approved, construction would begin with a delivery system operational by the third quarter of 2020 and the fullfillment center operational by the third quarter of 2021.

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