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Amazon purchases land in Sioux Falls for planned facility

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon says it has purchased land for the $200 million facility it plans to build in Sioux Falls.

The Seattle-based retailer will build the facility in the Foundation Park industrial area in the northwestern part of the city.

As part of a grant application sent by city officials to the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Amazon leadership submitted plans for a facility that would bring 1,000 jobs to the community.

The facility itself could be big as 1 million square feet, set for an 80-acre parcel of land in the industrial park.

Jeff Eckhoff, Sioux Falls Director of Planning and Development Services, says they expect to receive plans by mid-November. For now, all they know is the building is set to be a distribution center.

“Sioux Falls has always been a great location for distribution. There’s actually quite a bit of distribution trucking happening out of Sioux Falls, so this type of project is a natural fit for that,” said Eckhoff.

Benefits like added jobs and taxes are expected to affect Sioux Falls and the entire state.

"This land purchase in Sioux Falls provides us with the flexibility to quickly respond to our future network needs, and we look forward to becoming a member of the South Dakota community in the future." said Amazon Spokesperson Kirsten Wenker.

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