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TWIN FALLS • FedEx is moving ahead with its new air cargo facility at the airport.
Earlier this year, the company expressed interest in developing a nearly 18,000 square-foot facility for its air express division for high-priority parcels. City Council approved the land use in March and the building permit was approved last month. The estimated valuation of the sorting, office and shipping center is $1.7 million.
FedEx says the building will replace its existing facility on Addison Avenue.
“The new facility is located on airport property, which will make our operations more efficient and help us better serve our customers,” FedEx Express spokeswoman Ann Saccomano said.
The Joslin Field, Magic Valley Regional Airport advisory board will discuss moving ahead with a preliminary design at its meeting next week, Airport Manager Bill Carberry said.
In the design phase, the airport will examine how to expand its taxiway to grow the airport while accommodating other businesses. At a March City Council meeting, Precision Aviation owner Mark Doerr said he was concerned the proposed taxiway extension would use property he’d hoped to have for his own business’s potential expansion.
Carberry said the design process will involve the public.
“It’s an exciting project,” he said.
Saccomano said the expected facility is set to be complete in early winter.
For now, FedEx has to offload its cargo at a ramp area and take it in vans to the Addison Avenue facility to be shipped out, Carberry said.
FedEx has signed a lease for about three acres of property for about $20,000 a year, he said. The 15-year lease comes with five, five-year options.
FedEx has already provided infrastructure improvements for the access road and utility systems, Carberry said.
“They’ve brought a lot of things that will help the airport grow in the future,” he said.
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