The new warehouse building rises quickly at the South Branch Commerce Center facility, located at 3535 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.

Media Speculation Posits Amazon Warehouse for Former Wrigley Factory Site

Published December 9, 2020

Crain's Chicago Business has published unattributed statements that Amazon Inc. will be occupying the former Wrigley factory site at 3535 S. Ashland Ave. for a last-mile shipping warehouse. In the November 25, 2020, article "Amazon's latest battle: Winning over 'environmental justice' advocates," Alby Gallun writes that Amazon is locating a warehouse at the McKinley Park neighborhood site, "according to people familiar with the transaction."

 
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When asked about the company's plans for 3535 S. Ashland Ave., an Amazon spokesperson shared the company's boilerplate response: "We are constantly exploring new locations and weighing a variety of factors when deciding where to develop sites to best serve customers, however, we don’t provide information on our future roadmap."

 
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South Branch Commerce Center brochure property mapA site map presented in early 2020 displays the prospective layout of the last-mile shipping warehouse and surrounding grounds and parking.As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, the site has been undergoing demolition and rehabilitation since early 2020, with property management and marketing led by NAI Hiffman, development by Karis Industrial (a division of Karis Capital, LLC) and financing from the Stonemont Financial Group.

The finished facility, dubbed the South Branch Commerce Center, is to house a 260,000-square-foot warehouse with capacity for dozens of truck docks and parking for hundreds of trailers and cars on the 16.38-acre site.

The site lies in the McKinley Park neighborhood in a portion of the 11th Ward entirely occupied by Planned Manufacturing District No. 8 (the "Stockyards" district), one of the areas that the City of Chicago has specifically designated for industrial and commercial development. Past writing from the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper has noted the previous business involvement of 11th Ward Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson with the property.

Before its current rehabilitation, the corner site hosted the vacant and decaying hulks of the Wrigley factory buildings, empty since 2006 except for detritus and street art clandestinely painted within, as profiled in the McKinley Park News article and gallery "Street Art Glitters in the Crumbling Halls of the Candy King."

South Branch Commerce Center brochure property footprintA rendering of the South Branch Commerce Center development presented in early 2020 displays the property's footprint in the Planned Manufacturing District.


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