Walgreen’s takes wraps off “Project Nucleus”

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TOWN OF NEWBURGH – Pharmaceutical retailer Walgreen’s is exploring the development of a large micro-fulfillment center in a yet-to-be-built Matrix Development Group facility on Route 300 in the Town of Newburgh.

The company came before the Orange County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday seeking a sales and use tax exemption on the purchase of $24 million worth of highly robotic equipment, said company representative Steven McClure.

“This location, if it’s located here, would serve three states in terms of delivering from this facility, which would be highly roboticized, specific pharmaceuticals to relieve the pharmacist of some filling duties, as well as the technicians, to allow for more health and wellness duties and other consultations with consumers, at those facilities,” he told the IDA board.

The facility would employ 200 people with salaries ranging from $30,000-plus to $140,000 per year, McClure said.

If the IDA approves the sales tax exemption, following a public hearing, the company would save $1.95-million on the purchase of the $24 million worth of equipment.

The proposal received an initial favorable reaction from the IDA.