Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

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This information was overheard from a contractor who was talking a little too loudly in public.

Amazon is planning on opening a fulfillment center at the old Sears location employing about 500 workers. This information has not been released by the city.

These 500 workers will not be able to afford living in Santa Barbara on warehouse worker salaries because the city refuses allow building enough housing and rental units, so they will have to commute from outside of town on the already extremely busy freeway.

Does anyone have more information on this?

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Z Jun 25, 2019 03:59 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

An Amazonian warehouse and fulfillment center in Santa Barbara, California? Inside the city limits? Close to multiple freeways and the busy regional airport? Near an able and ample workforce? Near a variety of supporting businesses? Rent, utilities, and taxes low enough to make up for the few geographic disadvantages?

rubaiyat Jun 25, 2019 03:32 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

There are lots of ways low income earners can live in Santa Barbara - with parents, spouse, roommate, low income housing. Why assume any wage earner has to pay the whole rent himself.

PitMix Jun 26, 2019 10:16 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

One roommate is a pipe dream. You have to have multiple roommates in this town if you work at a low wage job. One local kid I know lives with 5 other people in a 2 bdr Pini apartment. It's like living in IV without the possibility of getting a degree or a good paying job, ever.

VinSB Jun 25, 2019 12:30 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

The future of the Sears building sure is a hot topic! But the last I heard, it was going to be turned into housing. Any solid evidence on the assertion that Amazon is moving here? .... https://www.edhat.com/news/will-sears-turn-into-condos ... https://www.independent.com/2019/03/05/sears-replaced-housing/ ... https://www.noozhawk.com/article/sears_property_could_be_home_to_550_rental_apartments_santa_barbara

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 10:53 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

More jobs and more tax revenue! AMAZING....AMAZON!!!!! Super cool!!!! As we move into the future having more high tech companies coming to SB will invariably bring more high paying jobs. This is GREAT NEWS!!!

PitMix Jun 26, 2019 08:24 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

It is exactly truthful to say that the median worker at Amazon or Walmart doesn't get paid enough to live in SB. But those companies are reaping the benefits of the system that we have created. Maybe stop blaming the companies and change the system?

RHS Jun 25, 2019 11:50 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Sarcasm? Amazon is not a high tech company but is a behemoth exploiter of working people and a bully to local government and a seducer or national politicians. Without regard to the suspect nature of this "news" we should not cheer the success of such businesses as they always seem to get their profit from the screwing of the working person.

Curmudgeon Jun 25, 2019 11:18 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Like Goleta in the 60s - working on the moon landing and other high-tech and defense projects. Boom times with much tax revenue.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 10:06 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Does anyone know if they will have a cafeteria that is open to the public? I sure hope so, and that the menu will have plenty of vegetarian options..not just unhealthy burgers and greasy fries, which are already available at The Habit 100 feet away.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 01:55 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Oh Jesus, now the vegetarians are chiming in! Yes, they're going to have an amazing vegetable-onlyrestaurant to cater to the snowflakes. I hope they also have heavy-duty restrooms to handle all the diarrhea tat will be caused.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 10:45 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

10:06 wow.... isn't it a little early in the planning process of a project that might not even happen to start expecting the employee cafeteria meets your dietary needs?

aharwin Jun 25, 2019 08:55 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

I could be wrong, but I thought that the owners of the Sears parcel in La Cumbre wanted to turn this into 550 rental apartments. I'm not sure what happened after they discussed this with City Council. Amazon just leased the old Saks building for an Alexa research project. Maybe the contractors were talking about both new sites and because this was an overheard conversation, then the two topics could have been misconstrued? I'm not saying you heard wrong, however this is how the game of telephone works.

alorsenfants Jun 25, 2019 07:54 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

It's extreme -- but I've suggested it to our governor more than once, mostly thinking of the Bay Area when I did -- I'll say it again here. If wealthy, coastal California needs affordable housing for people, use eminent domain. Take golf courses -- useless, water wasting tracts of land that only the most privileged get to enjoy -- and build reasonable homes and apartments on them. You're welcome

PitMix Jun 25, 2019 01:46 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Very difficult to use eminent domain, the property owners with the money get very upset. When is the last time you have heard of it being used in SB? They tried to use it for the bullet train in the Central Valley and those lawsuits are ongoing and endless.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 07:54 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Can someone ask at today’s City Council meeting at 2p during Public Comment. I thought Sears was to be the replacement police station with the automotive repair shop there.

oops Jun 25, 2019 07:52 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Low paying jobs are generally for lower skilled people with little to no work experience. One should be self-motivated to use these jobs as stepping stones for better paying jobs. My son used his In & Out work experience to get a job at a local restaurant, first as a busboy, then a food expeditor, working his way up to waiter. Sorry but not every job is equal and deserves top pay

PitMix Jun 25, 2019 01:51 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Do the math. 1000 low paid jobs lead to 500 higher paying jobs and so on. Even if all 1000 worked their butts off and were equally qualified, only 500 could get a better job. That's why the licensing organizations clamp down on the number of doctors, lawyers, accountants, and plumbers we have. Our system needs a lot of poorly paid people to work, fair or not.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 06:58 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Maybe the city could negotiate with Amazon to hire SB city/Goleta residents only. We don't need more commuters from Lompoc. Like someone already mentioned, this would be shift work, 24/7. I am sure there are plenty of city residents who could use a second job, etc.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 07:18 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

What? "More" commuters from Lompoc? There are hardly any however, check out the 101 Freeway NB every morning - most commuters are from Ventura. So you're ok with those? What's wrong with Lompoc commuters? Sounds like some sort of discrimination to me.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 06:41 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Most jobs here are "low paying" so I have no idea what people are complaining about. This is great news - I'd much rather see more jobs moving in than more (un) affordable housing.

mesarez Jun 24, 2019 09:00 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

I can’t believe someone is actually complaining about 500 potential new job openings. Furthermore, deciding that these 500 workers will not be able to afford it here and would not reside in Santa Barbara. You do know your attitude is poor and you contribute to those bringing our country down don’t you?

a-1571537373 Jun 24, 2019 05:27 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Agree - who says workforce is only from out of town?? I’m sure plenty of locals would appreciate the work. And rotating shifts would assure all 500 not here at same time.

Factotum Jun 24, 2019 03:15 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

If the city is smart they will encourage the highest and best use of this large plat of land within their city limits to generate more tax revenues for the city. Encouraging its permanent use as one more tax-free non-profit "affordable" housing scheme would be folly. High value land for high value use. Low value land for low value use. Those are the rules, folks. City has gotten burned in the past encouraging just the opposite.

a-1571537373 Jun 24, 2019 03:05 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

I don't get why we would need people from outside our area to fill any jobs. We have plenty of people looking for jobs amongst us already. I bet plenty of students need jobs too.

a-1571537373 Jun 25, 2019 01:20 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

@A-1561493617 6 1 JUN 24, 2019 03:05 PM It's not that we "need" workers from outside our area. It's the fact that the workers can't afford the high rents here and thus, they live out of town and commute here for work. And students working? Shudder.

a-1571537373 Jun 24, 2019 07:34 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Many of those 'down on their luck' want nothing to do with a job except for collecting the paycheck - it gets in the way of their smoking their 'medicine'.

Factotum Jun 24, 2019 03:19 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

City reportedly has over 2000 mainly able-bodied souls living in our city limits, who are temporarily "down on their luck". They would be very happy to apply for these new jobs.

bigone Jun 25, 2019 11:17 AM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

To Factorum: I think that was Amazon's long range plan, i.e., put brick and mortar stores out of business then take over the brick and mortar type of retail shopping for themselves.

Factotum Jun 24, 2019 02:39 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Could be just temporary use of the current large empty space? It would be years before any major plan will be developed for this property. Who knows, maybe we will all be back to bricks and mortar shopping again and it can play a local retail role again. With ever increasing package delivery charges and not be able to see, touch and try large ticket items, shopping F2F could be the thing to do again.

a-1571537373 Jun 24, 2019 01:44 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

Perfect location any way you look at it. Easy on/off freeway access with almost no city street usage. Plenty of parking for workers. Lots of waling distance eating options for those employees who do not bring in their own food. Loading docks already in place. I hope they sponsor or allow the city to continue the electronics recycling in their parking lot. This is Amazon people...not a pop-up temp biz like they are pushing for downtown SB or stinky pot farm.

FitRach Jun 24, 2019 01:39 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

This seems highly unlikely. The Sears building is 147,000 sq ft on multiple levels - Amazon fulfillment centers are 600,000-1,000,000 sq ft. By my estimate, even IF there were a fulfillment center in this space, it would surely need less than half the quoted work force. https://www.aboutamazon.com/amazon-fulfillment/our-fulfillment-centers/fulfillment-in-our-buildings

CS805 Jun 24, 2019 02:08 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

@FitRach, not that I believe this story at all, but it's very possible that it could be a PrimeNow or Amazon Fresh distribution center, rather than one of the massive ones you are referring.

Factotum Jun 24, 2019 01:44 PM
Amazon to Open Warehouse in Sears Building?

it would serve a far more limited distribution area than the Inland Empire connections between Long Beach port and the rest of Southern California. This potential move would get delivery trucks off the highways, by having a subsidiary collection depots scattered around the state. Seems to tie into the use of the former Saks building down town - spread the logistics of their far flung operations.

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