FedEx Freight to Close Kirkwood Terminal
The FedEx Freight trucking terminal in the town of Kirkwood is to be closed when the company moves to a larger cross dock facility.
Construction on a Tioga County complex to be used by FedEx Freight is expected to start within the next few months. The facility will be built on a 21-acre site off Stanton Hill Road in the Town of Nichols.
The new terminal will be much larger than the Broome County facility it will replace. The Kirkwood site has 26 doors; the Nichols building will have 52 doors with the capacity to expand to up to 88 doors.
Two buildings are to be constructed on the Tioga County site. One will be a combined service center and office building. The other structure will house a vehicle repair shop.
The Kirkwood facility is the only one of ten FedEx Freight sites the company owns in New York state. The company leases all of its other locations in the state and it will lease the new facility from a Syracuse-based firm.
About 37 FedEx Freight workers now are based at the Kirkwood site. The company estimates about six full-time positions will be created in the first two years of operation at the new location.
The Tioga County Industrial Development Agency has not given final approval to a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement. The tax breaks are expected to be approved next month.
Initial project planning documents indicated construction was scheduled to start last July.
Tioga County legislative chair Martha Sauerbrey said changes in federal wetlands regulations affecting the site delayed work on the project. She said those issues have been resolved.
FedEx Freight representatives in Memphis, Tennessee, declined to answer specific questions about the project and what the company plans to do with the Kirkwood property it owns.
Brian Anderson of FedEx Freight in an emailed statement said a contract for the new Nichols facility "has been executed and we are continuing to iron out the details."
The statement indicated construction now is expected to begin this spring.
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