PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville approved a rezoning request Tuesday for 93.5 acres of land to build a 3.8 million-square-foot distribution center, which could possibly be home to Amazon.
Neighbors who live near there in the Boh’s Place neighborhood organized a petition to stop the rezoning and spoke out against the plans at Tuesday night’s meeting. Council approved it in a 6-1 vote.
The center would be built off East Pecan Street less than a mile away from State Highway 130.
“It’s just going to bring in more congestion to the area,” said Bohl’s Place resident Neil Ochs.
“Two to 300 semi-trucks coming in every day. I was really upset, I was really upset,” said Bohl’s Place resident Luke Ortega Luper.
Bohl’s Place is a neighborhood of about 200 homes just off of East Pecan Street that could soon be impacted by the distribution center.
“City Council decided on the land during a meeting. They said they were going to change its use,” said Ochs. “Obviously, everybody associated it with Amazon.”
In November, Pflugerville annexed the land for a 4.5-story logistics/distribution center. It would be four times larger than the Amazon center in San Marcos.
“It was almost like [City Council] didn’t want to put out that information because residents would have the same reaction like I’m having,” said Ochs. “Not in my neighborhood.”
On Jan. 14, a zoning change for that land went before Pflugerville City Council. Residents at that meeting largely opposed the decision to move forward. Despite that, Pflugerville City Council members voted for it
“They’re coming off 130 a couple miles and putting it right in the middle of a neighborhood,” said Ochs.
Seventy-five people have signed the petition calling for City Council to take a closer look at the ramifications of the project.
“City Council fast-tracked it,” said Luper. “They didn’t even name Amazon in the proposal they passed.”
The proposal is dubbed “Project Charm.” They haven’t officially announced Amazon as the key player because the city is still under a non-disclosure agreement.
The city’s community development team says they’re earnestly pursuing the project because of the potential “capital investment and job creation.”