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SCHERTZ Officials in Schertz say they're working overtime to seal a deal with online retail giant Amazon.com.

David Gwin, the city's executive director of economic development, said Amazon.com would like to build a distribution center, which are strategically placed around the country to ensure quick delivery times.

What we're trying to do now is try to get everything ready so that we can make an announcement of the entirety of this project, he said.

If all goes well, Gwin said he should be able to make an announcement in the next two weeks. He said construction would begin soon after the deal is finalized.

Amazon.com would like to build on a 96-acre parcel in the Verde Enterprise Business Park just off I-35 and Schertz Parkway. The 1.2 million-square-foot warehouse is expected to cost $116 million to build.

City officials agreed with Amazon.com that the distribution center would bring at least 350 full-time jobs with benefits. They estimate the jobs will pay around $15 an hour, with an annual payroll around $11 million a year.

Gwin said the City of Schertz and Guadalupe County offered Amazon.com a $500,000 rebate for various fees and tax incentives.

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