Executives at Amazon.com say they plan to hire 6,000 people nationally in the coming weeks for their network of sorting and distribution centers. Among the sites getting new full-time positions are Murfreesboro. If Amazon is hiring roughly the same number of people at each of the 19 centers slated to grow, the company's Rutherford County outpost will get another 315 jobs.
The Murfreesboro City Council on Thursday approved plans for the $2.6 million sale of 12 acres adjoining Medical Center Parkway to developer Scott Graby, who plans to build The Fountains at Gateway office and retail park.
Graby hopes to close on his purchase this month and begin infrastructure site work in April. His project's $23 million first phase — a four-story, 100,000-square-foot office building as well as two retail buildings — is slated for completion in early 2016. The Hearthstone team also includes H. Michael Hindman Architects, Huddleston Steel Engineering and Roundtree and Associates in conjunction with Huddleston-Steele.
“We worked closely with the city to envision a development that would attract new jobs that currently don’t exist in Murfreesboro,” Graby said. “The Fountains at Gateway will provide small- and mid-sized professional companies high-end features and upscale aesthetics. This combined with the convenience of shops and restaurants that cater to the needs and desires of their employees bring an attractive corporate campus to the Gateway environment.”
Future phases will include a mirror image of the first buildings on the opposite side of a central boulevard and a single-tenant headquarters building of up to 180,000 square feet.
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