McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 5, 2014

FedEx plans new freight terminal

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — FedEx has plans to build a freight terminal and service site here, according to the city of Enid planning office.

Within a month, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission will consider a rezoning request for a 10-acre plot of land at 54th and U.S. 412 east of Enid, near the city’s industrial park.

Officials are vague on providing details, but Enid Regional Development Alliance Executive Director Brent Kisling said the facility would mean an expanded presence in the region.

“They’ve had a presence in our community for a long time and they service northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas from this location,” Kisling said. “I think some of the reason why they’re looking at an expanded presence here is because of the increased economic growth in the area. Their business has grown in the area.”

The company and ERDA have been working “closely” for the past several months on their plans, he said.

FedEx is so early in the planning stage that ERDA does not yet know exactly what the facility will be or whether the company’s two current locations in Enid will be merged or remain intact. Those facilities include a storefront on South Van Buren and a distribution center on North 4th.

The new acreage is not in the city’s industrial park, but currently is zoned as “planned industrial park.” If the rezoning is successful, it will be altered to allow light industrial use.

“That entire area has just been booming over the last couple of years. If they decide to locate out in that area, it will be a nice addition,” Kisling said. “We truly hope this will continue to move forward and we can have a significant announcement in the future with a lot more details.”

Once rezoning is approved, FedEx may submit a site plan, which will include more details about the size and type of structures, as well as the infrastructure needed to support the new facility. Any rezoning ultimately must be approved by Enid City Commission.

Kisling said he is not in a position to say whether FedEx has requested an incentive package.

In a statement, the company declined to comment on its plans.

“FedEx Ground continuously evaluates opportunities that can enhance our ability to serve our customers. But, as a matter of policy, we don’t have further information on specific proposals under consideration,” FedEx spokeswoman Allison Houser said.