Amazon to Use Pontiac Silverdome Site to Create 1,500 Jobs

September 18, 2019, 10:08 PM

The Silverdome's last section was razed last year. (Photo: Alex Simple)

The Detroit Lions are long gone, and so is the Pontiac Silverdome.

But the ground on which the Lions played in Pontiac from 1975 to 2001 is going to be repurposed, thanks to Amazon, Kirk Pinho of Crain's Detroit Business reports. 

Amazon plans a 3.7 million-square-foot distribution site with two buildings that will create 1,500 full- and part-time jobs. Wages would start at $15 an hour.

The Pontiac Planning Commission approved a permit for the 127-acre site Wednesday night, Crain's reports. The project is expected to start this year and be done by the third quarter of 2021.

"A year and a half a ago we had a car junkyard, now we have a world-class company in Amazon," City Council President Kermit Williams tells Mara MacDonald of WDIV.

Seefried Industrial Properties of Atlanta would build and own the two structures, which Amazon would lease.

In January, Jeff Bezos' Amazon passed up on Detroit as a center for its second headquarters, which would have created high-paying jobs for 50,000 employees. 

The last section of the Silverdome was razed last year. 

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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