Amazon will soon be part of the Sioux Falls business community. Amazon closed on 80 acres along Marion Road on Oct. 15, 2020 and immediately began developing the site for a large-scale fulfillment center.
The Amazon site is located within Foundation Park, the 820+ acre industrial park marketed by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.
Foundation Park was established in 2015 because community leaders recognized the potential for large companies needing land for growth and development in the region. Amazon fits that description.
Created in partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, the City of Sioux Falls and Forward Sioux Falls, Foundation Park lies at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Interstates 90 and 29. It offers contiguous sites ranging from five acres to 390 acres. Within minutes of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport and with full service by the BNSF railroad, the development park is located at a regional transportation crossroad.
As of the end of 2020, 177 acres had been sold with 577 acres available for purchase. The Park's current tenants include Win Chill, Dakota Carriers, Nordica Warehouse Inc, New Century and Amazon.
Last January, staff of the Development Foundation began working with Brad Gullickson of Harr & Lemme Commercial Real Estate, who had a contact with Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies regarding a client interested in a large development site in eastern South Dakota. After submission of several sites in the region, Ryan Companies contacted the Development Foundation regarding the proposed Foundation Park location.
Needing a bit more land than was available, the Development Foundation reached out to McCrossan Boys Ranch to inquire about the additional acres to satisfy Amazon's need for an 80+ acre site. An agreement was reached, and Ryan Companies completed their due diligence to secure the site for development.
The new Amazon facility will have a 640,000 square foot footprint and will rise five stories. The total finished space will be approximately 3 million square feet, making it the largest building in Sioux Falls. Amazon has said they will employ approximately 1,000 people in the operation of the facility. It is scheduled for completion in early 2022.