Spokane Journal of Business

Distribution, trucking center planned in Post Falls

Land use approved; work expected to start this year

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Atlanta-based United Parcel Service and Warren, Mich.-based Crown Enterprises Inc. are planning to develop a distribution center and a truck terminal, respectively, at the southeast corner of Beck and Jacklin roads, in west Post Falls.

The site is a few blocks northeast of the Houston-based Sysco Corp. food products distribution facility, in the Pointe at Post Falls commercial development, which is anchored by a Cabela’s Inc. sporting goods store and a Walmart Stores Inc. supercenter.

Bob Seale, Post Falls community development director, says the city recently approved conditional-use permits for the Crown Enterprises-UPS plans.

The UPS facility will be developed on 8 acres of land, and the Crown Enterprises facility will be developed on 16 acres, according to the joint conditional-use permit application filed by Draper, Utah-based The Pointe Partners LLC.

“The next thing we anticipate is site plan and building permit submissions,” Seale says, adding that he believes the applicants want to begin construction this year.

“They seem like they were ready and moving through the process,” Seale says, adding however, “I don’t know what property agreements and transactions have to take place.”

The applicant is affiliated with the current landowner Wadsworth Development Group and Ralph Wadsworth Construction Co., which constructed the Interstate 90 interchange at Beck Road in 2013.

The Pointe Partners representative Kris Longson says that with the conditional use approved, the company plans to sell the site for the Crown-UPS development.

Longson says he couldn’t speak to the size of the facilities planned there or the number of jobs they would generate.

A project value hasn’t been estimated yet for the project, Longson says.

Seale says conditions of approval for the planned uses are in regard to noise buffering between nearby residential properties in the Woodbridge development, which is near the northeast corner and the east side of the development site. 

Such buffering will include earthen berms at least 6 feet tall and 25 feet wide, portions of which would be capped with a 6-foot wall, he says.

“They agreed to all conditions,” Seale says. “Now they just need to meet regular requirements.”

UPS, a global package delivery company, currently operates a sorting facility at the Greyhound Park & Event Center, just south of Interstate 90 and about a mile south of the planned construction site.

Crown Enterprises owns, develops, and leases commercial and industrial projects, primarily for the transportation and logistics industries. The company’s clients include Central Transport, Lear Corp., and Walmart Inc.

Mike McLean
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Deputy Editor Mike McLean has worked his entire journalism career in the Inland Northwest. Mike, who also lives to reel in fish and crank up music, has worked for the Journal since 2006.

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