New Amazon facility impacts neighborhood

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On the northeastern edge of Leon County, among the cozy neighborhoods and busy streets, stands the towering Amazon Fulfillment Center at 2635 Vineland Drive. 

The huge, 630,000-square-foot structure promised easy shopping for online buyers and job opportunities for locals. 

But behind its fancy look, there was a growing problem that made life more complicated for the nearby residents.

When the sun rose, Janice Miller, who lived just a short distance away, looked out her window. Instead of the usual calm scene, she saw a steady stream of cars and trucks heading to the center, making the streets jam-packed with traffic. 

What used to be an easy drive to work had turned into a daily struggle to get through the traffic mess.

“Before they built the center, everyone was worried about the traffic and noise it might bring. Now, after almost seven months of being opened, those worries have come true,” Miller said.

Since it opened in 2022, the center has become a symbol of convenience for some but a headache for others. Daily life has been disrupted by noisy streets with honking horns and loud engines. 

Even though there haven’t been any major problems reported, the sheer number of vehicles on the road is a concern.

Kyndall James, who used to work at Amazon, talked about her daily commute. “I live about 30 minutes away from Amazon, but I have to leave home at least 15 to 20 minutes earlier just to make it to work on time,” James said.

She said that besides traffic finding parking was also difficult because even though she arrives early the parking lot is always filled form the shift before hers. 

The center’s promise of convenience clashed with the reality of its impact on the community.

 While it brought jobs and made shopping more accessible, it also brought noise and traffic problems, affecting the daily lives of residents and commuters.

As the community dealt with the challenges posed by the center’s presence, it became clear that finding a balance between convenience and local peace would require efforts from everyone involved.

Kendall Brandt, a northeast Tallahassee neighborhood resident, reports that she spoke with the economic development manager for Amazon’s southeast region, Sam Blatt, and his response to the traffic concerns was, “We’ve heard some of those complaints from the county and city. We’ve worked with our drivers to address those, increase our training, and add signage to ensure we’re not negatively impacting the community.”