Grading has begun on a new FedEx Freight distribution center at 3560 S. Maize Road.
Columbus, Kan., contractor Crossland Construction Co. is building the center on nearly 30 acres of Wichita's 140-acre Skyway Industrial Park.
The project includes a 68,000-square-foot, 96-door distribution center and a 10,000-square-foot maintenance facility, said FedEx spokesman Ken Van Guilder.
It is scheduled to be done late this year or early next year. Crossland took out a $9.4 million construction permit for the project.
The land cost $1.2 million, although the city had to pay some commissions and fees. The actual buyer of the property is a developer, Acquisition Group LLC.
The new distribution center will replace the company's facility at 4931 S. Victoria. Van Guilder said the company has 112 employees at the present facility and will add more only as freight volume rises.
"This is FedEx reinvesting in an area, growing for the future and understanding that it is an important area," he said.
There were no incentives involved in the sale, said John Philbrick, administrator of the city's real estate.
The city approved the sale of the site in October, saying the project would "support the economic vitality of the area by creating jobs and increasing the tax base."
Van Guilder said FedEx Freight serves industrial and commercial customers and delivers shipments averaging 1,000 pounds. It is separate from FedEx's facilities and operations for its ground and air package companies.