Site work is underway in Hazelwood on a distribution center that real estate sources said Monday might be occupied by online retail giant Amazon.
Panattoni Development Co. is constructing the 548,000-square-foot building at its Aviator Business Park north of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Kadean Construction is building the structure — its fourth at Aviator. Completion of the $12 million to $15 million building, named Aviator 10, is scheduled for August.
Mark Branstetter, the Panattoni partner in charge of the company’s St. Louis office, said the firm is discussing Aviator 10 with a variety of potential tenants.
Real estate sources said Amazon, which opened two distribution centers last year in Edwardsville, appears interested in a facility in Hazelwood. They noted that the company began last week to collect sales taxes in Missouri.
David Cox, Hazelwood's economic development director, said Amazon typically collects sales taxes only in states where it has facilities.
"We're hearing that Amazon is looking," said Cox, adding that city officials had not spoken directly with company representatives.
Hazelwood officials believe Amazon wants a facility that would allow same-day delivery to customers who order small consumer goods, Cox said.
Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.
One of Amazon's two Edwardsville "fulfillment centers" is used to ship larger items, such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks while the other handles smaller items such as books, toys and electronics.
Aviator 10 will have 82 loading docks, said Mike Eveler, Kadean's president.
“This will be a very flexible building that can be used for as many as four companies or one very large tenant,” he said. “The pass-through design, the number of docks, the all-concrete pavement and roadway and tractor trailer storage around the perimeter will make it very appealing for a tenant that relies on a high volume of daily transfers of goods or for other light industrial purposes.”
Cox said Amazon might also be interested in the Hazelwood Logistics Center, which is under development by Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development.
"Either one of them would have a shot at it," he said.