A regional UPS package distribution center is officially coming to Yankton.
The announcement was made during the Yankton Area Progressive Growth’s (YAPG) quarterly meeting Tuesday as city officials wrapped up a presentation to YAPG members.
When asked by an audience member about a permit that was recently approved, Yankton Community & Economic Development Director Dave Mingo confirmed that the UPS facility is coming to town.
"They did a site search; we worked with them and they chose a site in the City of Yankton for a regional distribution center," Mingo said.
Mingo told the Press & Dakotan that the city wasn’t approached by UPS about the facility.
"Our dealings are with the real estate agent and the contractor," he said. "We haven’t dealt directly with UPS to date, but there is a 25,755 square foot … package sort facility (coming)."
The building permit’s valuation is $3.7 million and the center will be located in the 2600 block of E. 15th St. The contractor is listed as Olaf Anderson General Contractors of Fargo, North Dakota.
"It’s on one of our shovel-ready sites that the city owned and has been marketing for quite some time," he said. "We’re happy to see that site get sold and occupied."
Mingo was unsure of how many employees would be hired and didn’t have an exact timeline, but that construction has begun on the facility.
He added that the city has been working on this project for quite some time now.
"We’re really happy when large projects like this come together," he said. "We have been talking to their real estate representative for over a year trying to make sure we found a site that would suit their needs. They had been looking at Yankton, but hadn’t picked a site when they first contacted us. We’re just glad they found a site that suited their needs."
Also at the quarterly meeting, Yankton City Manager Amy Leon addressed the crowd on the city’s 2020 budget, which exceeds $71 million for the first time ever.
"I call it the, ‘Clutch Your Pearls’ budget," Leon said. "It’s the largest budget the city’s ever had and that’s because the city’s going to do more than the city ever has before. We can’t do things without spending money."
The budget includes covering $10 million of the damages from March’s flooding, as well as funding for the new Heuther Family Aquatics Center.
Tuesday’s presentation also included Yankton Parks & Recreation Director Todd Larson, who gave an update on the timeline for the Huether Family Aquatics Center.
"We’ll advertise for bids starting Sept. 9, open bids Oct. 3, award a bid Oct. 14, pre-construction meeting Nov. 5," Larson said. "It’s up to the construction contractor, of course, whether (demolition) will start in the fall and what the winter’s like. There will be demo and construction in 2020; substantial completion April 15, 2021; final completion April 30, 2021; and that beautiful facility is going to open in May of 2021."
Yankton Public Works Director Adam Haberman also gave updates on various infrastructure projects, including the ongoing reconstruction of 21st St. from Broadway Ave. to Douglas Ave.
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