City planners support FD FedEx project

A portion of a little-used cul-de-sac in the Fort Dodge Industrial Park may be given up by the city to aid the creation of a new FedEx Ground package distribution center.

The city’s Plan and Zoning Commission recommended that action Tuesday. The City Council will have the final say on the matter.

The proposed 20,000 square foot center would be located south of the post office at 3440 Maple Drive. Up to 12 new jobs would be created there.

It would be built and owned by Ruedebusch Development and Construction of Madison, Wis. David Nelsen, the company’s director of engineering and architecture, told the commission that the building will be leased to FedEx Ground.

Nelsen’s company will buy just over 4 acres of land from the Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation, which owns the industrial park.

A timeline for constructing the center wasn’t available Tuesday. A spokeswoman for FedEx Ground has said only that the company is in preliminary talks with local officials that could lead to creation of the facility.

The commission was asked Tuesday to address only the issue of potentially vacating a public right of way. The cul-de-sac is immediately north of what would be the front of the distribution center property.

The proposal calls for reducing the size of the cul-de-sac, according to Angela Torres, the associate city planner. Under the plan, the city would give up ownership of its southern part.

Commission member Steve Kersten was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote.