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Kenosha city leaders approve new Amazon distribution center

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, Colorado July 23, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - The Kenosha City Council has paved the way for Amazon.Com to open a new distribution center. 

The vote was 13-0 late Monday night to approve a development agreement and use permit for the project -- plus $18.2 million in tax incremental financing for related streets and utilities. 

Mayor Keith Bosman says Amazon will hire 1,100 full time people to distribute a host of merchandise from the Internet giant. About 2,500 seasonal workers are also expected. 

Developers plan to start construction as soon as possible, and open the warehouse by next fall. 

State assistance is still possible. Officials have not said anything about that publicly.

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