Amazon to open Woodland Park site — but it’s not start of another leasing spurt

Plans for facility, which will assist in same-day delivery, were in works before announced slowdown of expansion

An Amazon facility. (File photo)

Amazon is opening yet another facility in New Jersey. But, don’t read too much into it.

While Amazon will be leasing the former Kearfott Guidance and Navigation building in Woodland Park, a 205,000-square-foot site on McBride Avenue, the opening does not go against Amazon’s stated plans to reduce its warehouse space in the state and around the country.

In May, the company said it was looking to sublet 10 million square feet of space nationally.

Plans for the site were in place before the May announcement — and the building will serve a different purpose than most of the other Amazon sites in the state.

The Woodland Park site will help the company implement more same-day delivery in Bergen County. The site, which is bigger than one of the company’s depot sites but much smaller than a sorting and distribution site, will be stocked with many of the most popular items — allowing the company to get those purchases to consumers within hours.

People familiar with the plans — who are not authorized to speak publicly — said privately that no date has been set for the opening of the facility.

Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark told that the town is delighted to have Amazon — saying the site will bring ratables and new jobs.

“This is great news for the local economy and for Woodland Park taxpayers,” he told the site. “We estimate that the property will jump from a $10 million ratable to a $25 million ratable.”