NY residents protest Amazon's plans to build massive warehouse near Niagara Falls
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Some New York residents aren't happy about Amazon's proposal to build a five-story, 3.8-million-square-foot distribution center on Grand Island near Niagra Falls.
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The tech giant has offered Grand Island $10 million to help fund local infrastructure as part of a community effort called Project Olive, according to city documents.
Some residents voiced concerns in a public protest Monday and through online comments published by the city's official website.
In a letter addressed to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, four residents wrote that they "do not support this project!"
"We don't need this in our neighborhood, our backyards or on Grand Island. Would you want this in your neighborhood or backyard? Answer—no, probably not!" the signatories wrote, along with a list of reasons stating why such a project would be disruptive.
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Reasons include the fact that Grand Island is not an industrial or commercial area, it will create more traffic on the island, increased pollution, overloaded infrastructure, overworked emergency services like police and firefighters, negative affects on the water supply and foliage, negative impacts on a local bike trail and coronavirus concerns.
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"It seems like you have been doing a good job on some issues, but this certainly isn't one of them," they wrote to Poloncarz.