Amazon buys sprawling Computer Drive property in Westborough

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WESTBOROUGH — Amazon expanded its presence in Westborough earlier this month by purchasing a sprawling property at 4400 Computer Drive near Route 9.

Documents filed with the Worcester South District Registry of Deeds confirm the $65 million sale.

The development comes after several meetings between the Westborough Planning Board and Atlantic Management, which filed plans for a 221,256 square foot single-storey e-commerce facility at 4400 Computer Drive earlier this year.

Planning Board approved site plans in July

The Planning Board approved plans for the Atlantic site on July 6, moving the project forward after discussions on traffic and noise impacts, among others.

The new facility will include a 12-foot noise barrier to prevent the impact of on-site noise on the surrounding area.

Vehicles will not be allowed to idle for more than five minutes. And they will use backup warning systems that emit “shh” sounds as opposed to loud, higher-pitched beeps.

The Community Advocate reported in July that the plaintiff will have to “revisit” its noise wall after 18 months of operation to ensure it is meeting its intended targets.

The applicant will also be required to carry out a post-occupancy traffic study to assess the impact of this development on the roads in the area.

Planning Board approval is further contingent on the applicant spending $30,000 on a consultant to study and identify possible future infrastructure projects in the area around 4400 Computer Drive.

Finally, the plaintiff will grant the city an easement and $20,000 to extend the existing Charm Bracelet trail system through the 4400 Computer Drive property.

“This charm bracelet is an important project for the city, decades in the making,” Planning Board Chairman Mark Silverberg said at a June 15 meeting ahead of the council’s approval of the plan. development of Atlantic’s site plan application.

The facility would neighbor nearby Amazon operations

Amazon already operates a sorting center in Northborough as well as a recently opened robotics center at AstraZeneca’s former facility at 50 Otis Street in Westborough.

Development in this part of Westborough would also mark the latest change in a bustling corner of the city’s industrial region.

The BJs Wholesale Club headquarters off Route 9 can be seen from the parking lot at 4400 Computer Drive. BJs however plans to move to Marlborough and therefore plans to vacate their current space.

Further in the Westborough Office Park, Mass General Brigham is looking to build a new outpatient clinic next to the recently completed Olympus headquarters which prominently overlooks Route 9.

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