Inc. has begun construction on a new, 850,000-square-foot e-commerce fulfillment center in Fort Bend County.

This is according to a press release obtained June 18 from Trammell Crow Co., a commercial real estate developer involved in the project.

Expected to open in 2021, the center is located on 93.5 acres at 10507 Harlem Road, Richmond, per the release. It will bring about 1,000 jobs to the area.

At the center, employees will pick, pack and ship small items, per the release.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George stated in a June 18 Facebook post that he wrote to Amazon in February 2019 to ask the corporation to consider expanding in the county. George added that the county and the Fort Bend County Economic Development Council worked with Amazon to bring the fulfillment center to Richmond.

“We’re proud that Amazon has chosen Fort Bend County for this significant investment,” George wrote in the Facebook post. “The Fort Bend center will generate 1,000 high-quality jobs for our community, adding tremendous value to our commercial sector.”

According to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District, Amazon owns 28 parcels of property in the county, seven of which are at Harlem Road in Richmond. The 2020 appraised value for the seven parcels is about $2.4 million, per FBCAD.

Amazon became the new owner of the parcel at 10507 Harlem Road in January, per FBCAD.

According to the release, Read King’s Tony Patronella and Jeanie Gibbs represented the seller of the development site, while Cushman-Wakefield’s Stephen Schneidau and KBC Advisors’ Matt O’Brien represented the buyer.

The architect for the project is Ware Malcomb, the general contractor is Graycor Construction Company Inc., and fire protection design is provided by The Harrington Group Inc., per the release. Engineering partners include HSA & Associates, Langan Engineering and Jordon & Skala Engineers.