The announcement of the anchor tenant for Foundation Park marked a great day for Sioux Falls, the region and the state of South Dakota. Win Chill begins construction at their site a little over 12 months after the formal Foundation Park groundbreaking and just two years after forging the unique partnership that created the 820-acre park.
The Win Chill project includes the largest sale of land for industrial use in Sioux Falls history with the company’s $5.7 million purchase of a 54-acre parcel which will be fully connected to BNSF rail service. On many levels, this announcement is a major step for Sioux Falls and the Development Foundation. And this is just the beginning.
Win Chill’s decision to build a 205,000 refrigerated food warehouse and distribution center will launch Foundation Park and initiate all aspects of necessary infrastructure construction. Marion Road will be extended and paved out to the park this fall, along with over half of Foundation Court. All utilities, fiber optic cable, water and sanitary sewer will be extended within the next year. Win Chill’s Foundation Park operation will fully utilize the rail service provided by BNSF Railway, so the Development Foundation is moving forward with our master rail plan to serve Phase 1 of the park. That means streets, utilities and rail service not only for Win Chill, but for several other companies actively interested in Foundation Park sites.
Companies are really talking about Foundation Park. I’ve met with several business executives interested in the possibility of a Foundation Park site, but until the Win Chill project pushed forward the infrastructure improvements, we weren’t able to specify a timeline for build-ready site availability.
The fact is that now, with infrastructure enhancements in Foundation Park creating new build-ready sites, we check all the boxes for an incredible variety of projects. Do you need 50 acres with rail access and good connectivity to I-90 and I-29? Do you need 10 non-rail acres with redundant electrical service, convenient to an airport and Port of Entry? How about 15 or 30 acres with interstate links and rail? There is no scenario that we can’t fill in a timely fashion with the availability of large and not-so-large build-ready sites in Foundation Park.
We’re very excited about the Win Chill announcement—and even more excited about what this project means for the future of Foundation Park and the economy of the Sioux Falls region.
By Dean Dziedzic, Vice President of Economic Development
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