Tuesday, February 26, 2008

FedEx will be truckin' along in Astoria

Astoria residents railed last week against the possibility the neighborhood's traffic-choked streets could soon get hit with a major influx of FedEx trucks.

FedEx site will be a pain - residents

All told, 80 delivery trucks and 50 tractor-trailers daily would rumble to and from a $151 million distribution center FedEx is planning for the Astoria waterfront, officials from the shipping giant told a raucous crowd at a United Community Civic Association meeting last week.

The shipping center could open as early as the summer of 2010. Tractor-trailers would operate overnight while smaller delivery trucks would leave the site in staggered fashion between 6 and 10 a.m. and return between 4 and 6 p.m.

FedEx is hoping to open the sprawling 225,000 square-foot facility on 21 acres currently owned by Con Edison.

It would allow FedEx Ground - the company's business-to-business shipping arm - to move from its undersized Maspeth base.

FedEx would lease the site from Steel Equities, a Long Island-based commercial real estate firm. Con Ed and Steel are negotiating a contract.

(For the record, I like my title better than the boring one in the Daily News.)


Anonymous said...

Yet another reason to move!

Anonymous said...

Oh pa-lese, that small group up there burps and everyone covers everthing they say.

Big deal. Let them have the trucks. They don't represent Astoria, only a small clique.

They say nothing while 16 story buildings are put on Astoria Blvd, and 10 story buildings off Broadway or the rest of the community drowns in traffic.

The hell with them. Let the trucks come in = they have plenty of space with wide streets with little traffic.

georgetheatheist said...

How come UPS is cheaper than FedEx?

Anonymous said...

Who's going to hold back
this tidal wave of "development" in Astoria....
the local "hysterical" societies,
the corrupt politicians or CB#1
(the community board from hell)?

It doesn't look like any of them
done such a good job so far!

Anonymous said...

Why complain about fedex coming to town. We have an influx of McMansions, co-ops and condo's going up in every corner. Besides all of the new "hipsters" who have invaded the neighborhood without any sense of community. They give attitude to the long standing citizens who made Astoria what is is. A wonderful, family place to live.