WGHP) Farmland in South Greensboro will be converted into an Amazon warehouse and distribution center. The Greensboro City Council approved a request to annex and reorganize 109 acres on 238 Ritters Lake Road from residential to light industrial property last November. Urban planning documents reveal that the operation could be as large as a 634,812 square foot facility. The plans concern people who live near the property that Reed has lived on Ritters Lake Road for 16 years.
She said that peace and quiet attracted her to the neighborhood. Currently there are only farmland, trees, houses and two churches on the rural street. Site plans show three entrances on Ritters Lake Road and one on South Elm-Eugene Street and a tree buffer zone at the back of the property. The closest access point to Randleman Road would be used as the main entrance and exit for trucks.
The South Elm-Eugene Street entrance would be used for seasonal traffic. The plan proposes a new southbound lane on South Elm-Eugene Street and a roundabout on Ritters Lake Road. An additional lane would be added to Ritters Lake Road to include a turn lane to the facility. It is estimated that it will total 4188 road trips, including 603 trips during the morning rush hour and 1006 trips during the afternoon rush hour.
This project is similar to future projects such as Boom Supersonic and Toyota Battery Plant. Fox told the Greensboro Planning and Zoning Commission that 65 notices were mailed to residents surrounding the property and a Zoom meeting was held for comment. It is focused on the uncertainty of a neighbor who will create a different kind of life for her. FOX8 contacted Amazon and did not receive any comments.
The owner told FOX8 that he was not aware of any plans for an Amazon fulfillment center. They specified that they were not selling the land directly to Amazon, but were selling it to a developer. Amazon currently has a 1 million square foot fulfillment center in the part of Kernersville that is located in Guilford County.