A large industrial park in northwestern Sioux Falls is heading for growth and change as the city’s economic development leaders continue to push to bring more industrial employers to town.
Foundation Park, located along North Marion Road, north of Interstate 90, spent years in dormancy after receiving millions of dollars in support from state and local officials, finally landing its first few tenants in recent years.
Now, Nordica Warehouses Inc. is planning a $7.4 million expansion of its existing Foundation Park facilities, which only finished construction in December, Nordica owner and President Dan Afdahl said.
“We’ve been planning on this for quite a while,” Afdahl said.
Nordica was the third tenant to join Foundation Park when it announced a 200,000-square-foot facility planned for a spot in the sprawling 820-acre development. At the time, company leadership knew the first warehouse wouldn’t be enough. Their plans called for an eventual total of 600,000 square feet of storage space on the site, taking advantage of Foundation Park’s size and proximity to the railroad.
Nordica serves a number of key economic players in the region, including 3M, Smithfield Foods, Daktronics and Bel Brands USA, Afdahl said. Many use Nordica to store international shipments of product they need for manufacturing.
“They purchased that property here a few months ago and have been kind of prepping the property,” said Bob Mundt, President and CEO of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.
Nordica began construction on a new 200,000-square-foot warehouse this week, with the goal of having it completed by Christmas, Afdahl said.
Other parcels of Foundation Park are also headed for a change, as the city’s economic development group looks to shift the focus of the available park land from commercial to industrial.
A number of parcels within the industrial park’s boundaries along North Marion Road are heading for land-use change. The parcels had initially been slated for commercial development, but the plan now is to focus solely on creating space for industrial companies, Mundt said.
The Sioux Falls City Council is set to vote on the second reading of the rezone at its July 7 meeting.
“Being right next to an industrial park, it just makes sense that the whole area is industrial,” Mundt said.
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