Willmar land sale for logistics project approved by City Council
The Willmar City Council approved the sale of 32 acres of land in the Willmar Industrial Park to RDC National. The developer will be constructing a shipping and distribution facility on the site for an undisclosed end user.
The Willmar City Council at Tuesday's meeting adopted the ordinance that approves the land sale with RDC National. The purchase price for the acreage is $699,750. The city will also receive an additional $140,000 in reimbursements to remove utilities in the area of 32nd Street Southwest, which the company is requesting be vacated, and $11,000 to remove the street lights.
The land is located between Trott and Willmar Avenue Southwest, on the west side of Kandiyohi County Road 5. The land was part of the former Willmar Municipal Airport.
The purchase agreement between the city and RDC National was approved in August and executed by both parties on Aug. 20. City statute requires a public hearing before city-owned land can be sold. There was no public comment at Tuesday's hearing.
RDC National will be constructing a $25 million, 217,000-square-foot logistics facility to be used for small package sorting and distribution by an end user that has yet to be named publicly. The company is the preferred developer for this end user. Companies with whom RDC National has worked in the past include FedEx, Monsanto, Phillips and Tractor Supply Company.
"This is a very exciting time for the city of Willmar," said Willmar Mayor Marv Calvin.
The proposed project also plans for hundreds of parking spaces for trucks and other vehicles, as well as a future maintenance facility.
There are still a few other council approvals needed for the project. The council will need to approve vacations of right of way and utility easements, a major subdivision and rezoning. The public hearing for the easement vacations has been set for Sept. 20. A development agreement is also in the works.
The Planning Commission approved the project's plan review at its Sept. 1 meeting.
As part of the agreements between RDC National and the city of Willmar, the city will be working to install a traffic signal light at the intersection of Willmar Avenue Southwest and County Road 5.
When completed, the facility could bring hundreds of new jobs to the city, Calvin said, including 200 head-of-household jobs.
The mayor also praised the work of the staff of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and former City Planner David Ramstad.
"It will change the look of what the western side of Willmar looks like. It is a great project for us," Calvin said.