Amazon to build fourth Twin Cities warehouse in Woodbury


Classification of the site is underway in Woodbury, where plans to open its fourth Twin Cities distribution center next year, city officials have confirmed.

The project, which was dubbed “Project Belle” in city town hall records to avoid naming the tenant, is expected to create jobs for 500 workers and swell to double in future holiday shopping seasons.

Woodbury town planner Eric Searles said the 515,000 square foot distribution center at the southwest corner of Hudson Road and Manning Avenue is expected to be completed in late summer. Ryan Cos, based in Minneapolis, is developing the 73-acre site.

Ryan also built Amazon’s nearly one million square foot distribution center in Shakopee in 2016. Amazon opened a 750,000 square foot distribution center in Lakeville in late August, designed to handle only large products weighing in. 50 pounds or more.

In May, the city of St. Cloud announced that Amazon was building a new delivery center there, which is expected to open before the end of the year.

Amazon spokesman Scott Seroka declined to comment on the project in Woodbury, but said Amazon opened 450 new warehouses, fulfillment and distribution centers in the United States this year, including 100 in September.

“We are growing as quickly,” Seroka said, adding that Amazon is doing what it can to deliver consumer products to customers “as quickly as possible.”

The race to add new distribution sites is testament to the growing demand for home-delivered products, a trend that has accelerated in recent years and exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing consumer preferences have sparked a boom in warehouse building nationwide and in Minnesota. The industrial building frenzy is helping to offset the slump in the office real estate sector which has been struggling since the coronavirus pandemic forced many employees to work remotely.

Ryan Cos., Who is also building a 245,000 square foot Talamore senior living center in Woodbury, declined to comment on Amazon or the Woodbury warehouse project. He did not disclose the cost of the construction.

City records showed Amazon’s new warehouse will include 18,750 square feet of office space, 498,500 square feet of warehouse space, and mezzanine mechanical space.

The facility will serve as a consumer goods distribution center for satellite facilities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, according to city archives.

In an email, Searles said Amazon’s warehouse is the latest of several construction and rental projects that are expected to benefit the eastern suburbs.

Late last year, Kindeva Drug Delivery, a pharmaceutical wholesaler from 3M, began construction of a 139,000 square foot plant and research lab near the site of Amazon. The site will accommodate 250 head office employees, 35 of whom will be new.

Together, Amazon and Kindeva “create a business environment within [Woodbury’s] northeast which will eventually provide office / showroom, warehouse, distribution and light industrial activities that are currently under-represented in the city’s tax base, ”Searles said in an email.

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