A big Amazon smile logo is coming soon to the side of the last-mile shipping warehouse in the McKinley Park neighborhood, according to a City of Chicago building permit issued on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Sign Permits Confirm Amazon Coming to 35th and Ashland

Published March 20, 2021

Just-issued sign permits for the last-mile shipping warehouse replacing the former Wrigley factory at West 35th Street and South Ashland Avenue specify that Amazon Inc. will be moving into the site. As listed in the series of eight building permits issued on Friday, March 19, 2021, the largest sign — at 26 feet wide — will present an Amazon smile logo on the side of the warehouse wall.

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Other Amazon-specific permitted signs include those to designate pickup and returns, associate entry, customer service, and ground and directional information. All sign permit descriptions are labeled with the "Amazon Stockyards" moniker.

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Amazon has not yet officially confirmed their occupancy of the last-mile warehouse in the McKinley Park neighborhood. When contacted last year by this publication, the famously reticent company only shared their boilerplate response that they don't discuss their future business planning. They have not replied to more recent press inquiries.

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The last-mile warehouse development project has been under construction since summer 2020. Titled the South Branch Commerce Center, the project has NAI Hiffman in a management and marketing role, with financing from the Stonemont Financial Group. and development by Karis Industrial (a division of Karis Capital, LLC).

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Once complete, the warehouse will offer more than 260,000 square feet of interior space with capacity for dozens of truck docks and parking for hundreds of trailers and car on the 16.38-acre property. The site is part of the original East District of the historic Central Manufacturing District (CMD), now one of Preservation Chicago's top seven most-endangered civic spaces.

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, a March 12, 2021, building permit for data cabling had also identified Amazon as a tenant, and other reporting in Chicago media also pointed to Amazon's likely tenancy at the site.

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