Amazon's logistics platform project in Nantes definitively abandoned

Par ediallo - 26 October, 2021 - 07:28

The American giant was planning to install a 185,000 m² logistics center in Montbert (44). But after several interruptions, the negotiations between Amazon and Grand Lieu Communauté have come to an end, as confirmed by the communauté de communes at the end of October 2021.

End of the Nantes soap opera for Amazon. At the end of September 2020, Amazon filed a building permit to build an XXL platform of 185 000 m² in Montbert (44), south of Nantes. A four-story site, 318 meters long and 23.5 meters high, which would have been open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

But one year later, the project is now abandoned. In a press release, the community of Grand Lieu announced that it would no longer pursue the project and put an end to negotiations with the Amazon group:

"Despite the interest of the project and, in particular, a significant creation of jobs, the community elected officials have, as time went on, noted the difficulties of the project and particularly the accumulation of technical and legal constraints largely shifting the initial schedule.

At best, the logistics center could not have been built until 2025, a date far removed from the initial project, which weakened it for all the players," explains the press release.

Major projects under study

Designed to be built on the site of a former hospital, the warehouse was initially well received by the community of municipalities, which saw in it "an intelligent conversion of the former hospital site, without artificialising the soil, with the creation of 1,000 jobs in prospect," says Johann Boblin, president of the community of municipalities.

However, in a context of economic recovery, the latter now prefers to focus on requests for the establishment of regional and national companies. "While the Covid crisis seems to be receding, we note that the territorial dynamic remains well oriented with a large phenomenon of industrial relocation.

Large-scale projects are being studied in the area of the former hospital, and this within a shorter time frame.

The Amazon project has put the spotlight on our territory and many requests have come in," notes Johann Boblin. The project was also very controversial in the area, with demonstrations by opponents since its announcement last year.

Although the project in Nantes will not see the light of day, Amazon is still pursuing its developments in France. In Metz, last September, a building of similar size, automated on four levels, opened its doors.

Emilien VILLEROY