Amazon is edging closer to bringing a distribution center to Bensalem Township.
Bensalem Council voted unanimously to approve the application from Amazon at its September meeting.
The facility would open at 3750 State Road near Neshaminy State Park.
The company is also buying five residential properties near the location, according to Council President Edward Kisselback. Amazon plans to use more space than the previous occupant.
Current projections say Amazon will employ 360 people with most of the jobs in delivery.
To help with the increase in traffic due to delivery trucks, Amazon is offering $2.5 million for road improvements. This would include a new traffic light and crosswalks compatible with the American with Disabilities Act.
Councilman Edward Tokmajian raised an issue with the order of Amazon’s plans. He questioned why many road improvements to help traffic are in phase three.
“If we’re going to see this kind of traffic, and I understand this site demands this traffic, you would think the improvements to the roadways would be done first before we start seeing trucks and vans coming through.”
Phil Wursta with TMA Bucks responded many of the traffic plans would take time to get permits from PennDOT. He also said Amazon is required to put up the $2.5 million in advance to ensure the plans are completed.
In closing, Kisselback thanked the Amazon representatives for their “elaborate” presentation.