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.
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