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Amazon withdraws request for $1.2 million in tax incentives in Shakopee

The online retailer still plans to build a distribution center in the southern suburb.

Amazon.com plans to build an 820,000 square-foot facility that is expected to bring 1,000 full-time jobs to Shakopee.

Amazon has decided to forgo $1.2 million in tax incentives in Shakopee so that money can be funneled instead toward higher-than-expected costs for road improvements near its proposed distribution center, Mayor Brad Tabke said Tuesday morning.

Tabke, who has been a supporter of Amazon building a $220 million fulfillment center in his city, said the online retailer notified the city Monday night that it was no longer seeking a share of funds from the proposed $5.8 million tax increment financing district.

“That they are withdrawing their request for TIF is a sign that they want to be a part of this community,” he said. “They don’t want to cause any political strife with folks.” Please read more from the Star Tribune