announced today it will open a new, 1 million-square-foot facility in Robbinsville in early 2014.

According to a news release, the new distribution center in the Matrix Business Park will create an estimated 700 jobs and generate $22.1 million in tax revenues for Robbinsville, its schools and Mercer County.

“I’m thrilled,” Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried said. “This was a process that took a long time and involved a lot of people. I’m proud of our staff. Just about every town in New Jersey was trying to get this rateable.”

He added the warehouse could bring $1.3 million to Robbinsville this year, going a long way to stabilizing taxes in a township where the burden has been overwhelmingly on residents.

At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers, items like books and DVDs. A news release said Amazon fulfillment center jobs pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs.

KTR Capital Partners, a private equity firm, is building the project with Amazon planning to take occupancy in early 2014. The expected investment in the project will exceed $200 million.

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Rob Anthes serves as senior community editor, managing the Hamilton Post and Robbinsville Advance. He joined Community News Service full-time in 2007 after interning for the company in 2004 and 2006. The Association of Free Community Papers has recognized Rob's writing during its annual Best of the Best Awards 12 times, most recently in 2017. A lifelong Hamilton resident, Rob is a graduate of Steinert High School and Syracuse University.