Company eyes Osgood Landing as shipping center (copy)

TIM JEAN/Staff file photo  Online retailer Amazon will build a distribution center at 1600 Osgood St. in North Andover, according to a state official.

NORTH ANDOVER — Online retail giant Amazon will build a distribution center at 1600 Osgood St., Andrew Maylor, the former town manager and current state comptroller confirmed via Twitter this evening.

Previous reporting indicated the facility could employ up to 1,500 people.

In a presentation in April to selectmen, Gary Frederick, senior vice president of Hillwood, a real estate development firm based in Dallas, said he had been working with a then-unnamed internet retailer for more than a year. 

He estimated the facility could bring as many as 1,500 jobs to North Andover.

"I believe 1600 Osgood St. is a very good fit for this use," he said. His client wants to build a highly automated facility, he said.

Western Electric, which manufactured equipment for AT&T, built the huge plant in 1959. During the 1980s, more than 10,000 workers were employed there.

After the court-ordered breakup of AT&T, the plant was known as AT&T Merrimack Valley Works, then finally Lucent Technologies, a spinoff company of AT&T. Lucent left the building more than 10 years ago.

This is a developing story. See the full report later online and in the Wednesday edition of The Eagle-Tribune.

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