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Edwardsville FedEx facility to expand

March 7, 2012

The Edwardsville City Council last week approved an expansion of an industrial park business that will bring more than 100 jobs.

The council approved a final site plan for the $5.6 million expansion of the FedEx Freight facility, 9140 Woodend Rd.

Mike Webb, city administrator, said the FedEx facility was always intended to be enlarged at some point, and the addition was indicated on the original site plans when the facility was built in 1999. The addition will be about 52,135 square feet of cross-dock warehousing on the north end of the property, as well as14 acres of additional trailer parking.

It will add 143 jobs to the facility, including 114 full-time positions and 29 part-time positions. Webb said the jobs may be employees relocating from other facilities, as he thinks the expansion is the result of the company’s consolidation and shut-down of other locations.

Webb said he expected FedEx hasn’t given the city a construction timeline, but he would expect plans to come through quickly, perhaps within 30 to 60 days.

The city did not offer any development incentives for the project, though Webb said he thought the company did receive some incentives through the state.

The council also approved an ordinance for amendments for the city’s comprehensive plan, updating it for the first time since amendments adopted in 2002. The plan was created in 1999, and the amendments made last week give the plan a different structure.

“It would be hard to compare the 1999 plan to the one we adopted,” Webb said. “I think the biggest change we made was we focused on developable areas versus land use as a whole.”

For example, the updates reflected areas where sewers and other infrastructure were available or were needed. The plan also now includes specific policies that need to be considered in the review of proposed developments.

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