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June 1, 2015

Amazon eyes Seattle site for Prime Now hub

Amazon.com appears to be considering a site in Seattle to put a distribution hub for its one-hour delivery service.

Permit records filed with the city in early May indicate Amazon plans to renovate a former Toyota dealership on a block it owns that is bounded by Blanchard and Lenora streets, and Seventh and Eighth avenues.

A site plan calls the project "Prime Now," which is the name of the rapid delivery service Amazon rolled out last year for Amazon Prime customers in New York.

Amazon had previously planned to build more than 1.1 million square feet of office space on the block as part of its Denny Triangle headquarters project. It is unclear how the plans for Prime Now will affect the office project. Amazon officials did not immediately return a request for comment.

Geekwire first reported last week on the plans for a Prime Now hub.

Ware Malcomb, an Irvine, California-based firm that does architecture, planning, interiors, graphics and civil engineering, is listed on the site plan.

Prime Now is not available now in Seattle. Prime customers pay $7.99 for one-hour delivery. Two-hour delivery is free.

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