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Following in the footsteps of Amazon workers in Germany, Poland and Spain, the tech giant’s warehouse workers in the US were protesting for better working conditions last week. The effects of the compensation wrangling might have cast an air of chaos over Amazon across the globe, Amazon nevertheless got its design plans for the two towers in the Nashville Yards development approved last Thursday by the Metro Planning Department’s five-member Downtown Code Design Review Committee.
The first tower will include 11 levels of parking, as well as a bike storage room and an on-site day care centre. A green roof with a spectacular view will also be featured as an amenity deck on the fifth floor.
The second tower will also have an 11-storey parking garage at its base. The design for the office building above has not yet been completed, as the first tower and garage will be built first.
A new roadway will be built to improve access to buildings and shops at the centre.
Amazon described its upcoming Nashville office as “the eastern US regional hub for the tech and management functions” of its retail operations division. It will handle supply-chain management, transportation, order fulfillment and related activities for a network of 144 distribution centres.
The facility will locate in the 1.5-million-square-foot Nashville Yards development in the city’s downtown, north of The Gulch neighborhood. The first tower is expected to open in the first half of 2021.
In November, Amazon announced the Midwest operations centre “Operations centre of excellence” will accommodate 5,000 workers, who will be paid an average of US$150,000.
Until the centre is complete, the new Amazon workers will be based at WeWork offices in Nashville.