STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After Amazon opened it’s third warehouse in Matrix Global Logistics Park in Bloomfield, the owners of the complex are now seeking additional land purchases to develop more e-commerce distribution facilities on Staten Island.
The 200-acre Matrix site is a $700 million investment by the Matrix Development Group that has led to the creation of thousands of permanent jobs.
Matrix Global Logistic Park houses four large warehouses: a 450,000-square-foot Amazon Last Mile Facility; an 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center; a 975,000-square-foot Amazon sorting facility, and a 975,000-square-foot facility occupied by Ikea.
Amazon is now the borough’s largest employer, with more than 5,000 workers. And the Ikea operation at the site employs 200 people.
The success of the park has led Matrix Development Group to seek out additional property on Staten Island to develop more e-commerce distribution opportunities, said Joseph Taylor, CEO of the Cranbury, N.J.-based Matrix Development Group.
“Matrix is always looking for significant additional acquisitions,” he said. “There are other sites in the borough that make sense for our type of product.”
Regarding the completion of its first Staten Island-based logistic park, Taylor said: “We’re thrilled. We’re very proud of it [Matrix Global Logistics Park] as a company. …When you look at the amount of jobs that have been created — with the overwhelming majority [of employees] being from Staten Island — that’s a terrific sign.”
Taylor noted that Borough President James Oddo needed to cut through a lot of bureaucratic red tape to get the city approvals needed for the logistic park to come to fruition.
“A lot of the success of the project has to do with Joe Taylor himself. He’s incredibly professional. …He gets a lot of credit for how he runs their shop,” said Oddo. “Although from the outside this project looks like everything went very smooth, we did have a share of issues.”
Oddo said the warehouses were not “addressed in the city’s building code,” and were some of the largest of its kind in New York City, so he worked with City Hall to get the project approved.
“I wanted these jobs for Staten Island. …The hope is that Matrix will expand its current campus on Staten Island and create even more jobs,” said Oddo.
Matrix Development Group broke ground on the logistics park in late fall 2016.
First to be built and occupied was Amazon’s 855,000-square-foot $100 million warehouse. That facility employs people who work alongside robots to pick, pack and ship customer orders that are delivered to various geographic areas.
The Last Mile Facility, which opened in summer 2020, has sped up deliveries, specifically to Staten Islanders, according to Amazon. Packages go directly from the Last Mile Facility to residents’ homes. In fact, all packages that leave the facility are delivered to homes and businesses within a 45-minute driving radius, according to Amazon.
Another 975,000-square-foot facility is occupied by Ikea, which opened in 2018. The Staten Island unit supports delivery to many customers in New York City, whether they are shopping in store, at the IKEA Planning Studio or online.
Amazon opened its third warehouse — a 975,000-square-foot sorting facility in September 2020. The center sorts packages before being transferred to a delivery station or last-mile delivery center.