Sometimes, the worst way to keep plans confidential is to tell everyone that they're confidential. Case in point, whatever the heck is going on down in DuPont, WA.
Last week, we told you about a 92-acre purchase that Duke Realty made in the town of DuPont. When people started asking around about what the plans were, they were met with a veil of secrecy. About the only thing that city officials would admit to is that the plans were being referred to as, "Project Granite" and included a 1.4 million square feet warehouse.
Rumors started flying that Amazon.com was going to be moving in with a brand new distribution center. The city of DuPont refused to confirm or deny the report due to a confidentiality agreement they had signed.
Fair enough, except, when pressed to provide proof of such an agreement, the city of DuPont couldn't. Because the agreement apparently doesn't exist. According to the mayor, the official who spoke of the confidentiality agreement "was mistaken," which is probably another way of saying they were BSing everyone.
Amazon, naturally, declined comment on the whole kerfuffle.
So in a nutshell, we're all pretty sure that Amazon will be opening a new distribution center in DuPont but no one is allowed to actually say it yet. At least we hope that's what's going on. We'd hate for "Project Granite" to actually be the ominous masterplans of a super-villain that the name suggests it is. Does Phoenix Jones handle out-of-town cases?
Let us know you're okay, City of DuPont. Blink once for yes, twice for no.
· Mystery Real Estate [Curbed Seattle]
· Marijuana Retail Store Plans, Mysterious DuPont Industrial Warehouse Project [Curbed Seattle]
· DuPont may soon be home to new Amazon distribution center [News Tribune]
· City of DuPont can't find confidentiality agreement on warehouse rumored to be for Amazon [PSBJ]