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Plans are underway for a major FedEx shipping center in Montgomery.

City records show that a building permit was issued earlier this month to build a $30 million, 255,000 square foot facility that would be used as a FedEx Ground distribution center. The total investment in such a project is likely to be considerably higher than the value of the initial building permit.

That building would be located at 120 Folmar Parkway, near the site of a $100 million Amazon inbound transshipment facility that was announced in November.

But FedEx Ground said the deal hasn’t been signed, sealed and delivered — at least not yet.

“FedEx Ground is engaged in discussions with local officials for the potential leasing of a parcel distribution center in Montgomery,” the company said in a statement provided by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “A project of this size requires careful planning and close coordination with developer, city, county and state officials. In practice, FedEx does not publicly discuss the details of a project until all aspects have been finalized.

House officials declined to comment on the draft this week. “As a policy, the Montgomery Chamber does not publicly comment on the existence or status of economic development projects until all project details have been finalized,” it said in a statement.

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Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed’s office was also low-key.

The Montgomery project would be the third FedEx distribution center announced in Alabama and one of several projects announced since the start of the pandemic. In 2020 alone, nearly $550 million in new distribution and logistics projects were announced statewide by multiple companies, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.

FedEx revealed in August 2020 that it would invest $40 million to build a 300,000 square foot distribution center in Birmingham and plans to employ 285 full-time and part-time workers by 2024. November 2021, FedEx Ground announced plans for a $57 million distribution center in Dothan that is expected to create over 200 jobs.

Amazon’s November announcement was one of four projects across Alabama that Amazon said would create 1,400 jobs. At the time, Reed applauded Amazon’s announcement and hinted at other upcoming projects.

“Amazon’s major investment shows that Montgomery is on the map and a critical part of logistics solutions for major brands and industries,” Reed said. “We look forward to expanding this partnership on behalf of the Montgomerians who will benefit from the careers this new facility will bring.”

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at [email protected]