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Amazon intends to open a mammoth warehouse at a Hamptons airport, a project that isn’t landing well with residents on the tony east end of Long Island.
The giant e-tailer wants to build a 91,000-square-foot distribution hub at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach, but the seaside village of nearly 2,000 is worried the already heavy airplane traffic would become nonstop.
“It’s going to be horrible,” said one resident who has had a summer home in the village since 2003. “I’m already hearing airplanes when I sit outside by the pool in the summer. Can you imagine if Amazon is here?”
A spokeswoman for Amazon declined to comment Friday, telling The Post only that the company weighs “a variety of factors when deciding where to develop future sites.”
The Suffolk County-owned Gabreski, which has an Air Force base on the grounds, services private jets, helicopters and single-engine recreational planes, an airport spokesman told The Post.
Last year, Gabreski had nearly 56,000 “operations” — takeoffs and landings, the spokesman said.
In November, Rechler Equity Partners secured $2.3 million in tax breaks to build a $36 million warehouse in an industrial park on airport land, where the Long Island developer has already constructed three warehouses. The Amazon space is slated to create 100 construction jobs and 50 full-time Amazon staff slots, Rechler has said.
Suffolk County legislator Robert Trotta doesn’t like the hub plan. The Republican claims Rechler snagged the deal by misleading the county, stating on an aid application that Amazon would pick an out-of-state warehouse if lawmakers didn’t OK the tax breaks.
“Why are we giving billionaires tax breaks?” Trotta told The Post. “The tax breaks — they got should be immediately rescinded.”
Rechler did not return The Post’s calls Friday.
Rechler’s Hamptons Business District prohibits tenants from receiving freight deliveries at the airport, but Trotta and residents don’t think Amazon will abide by that rule — at least for long.
“If you think they are not going to be using airplanes and drones, you are totally out of your mind,” said an entrepreneur in Westhampton Beach. “From a business point of view, I support them coming as a land-based distribution hub, but it’s totally naive to believe they won’t be eventually using the airport for air freight deliveries.”
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