FedEx confirms new distribution center near I-675, I-75

Number of jobs still not revealed for site expected to open in 2017.

FedEx Ground confirmed Friday that it has entered into a lease agreement for a new distribution center on a 32-acre site in Miami Township to be finished by July, 2017.

The center, to be built near interstates 675 and 75, will be more than 240,000 square feet when it is completed, according to Meredith Heighington Miller, manager of FedEx Ground public relations.

“The new facility will join an existing station on Deer Run Road in Vandalia, enabling us to continue to meet and exceed customer demands in the Dayton area,” Miller said.

She could not say how many new jobs would be created but said the facility would employ a mix of full- and part-time employees.

“We will add to the workforce as necessary to support increased demand for service in the area,” she said.

The FedEx Ground-South Dayton Facility will be on Byers Road in Miami Twp. and is estimated to cost $18.5 million, according to construction plans filed with Montgomery County government this month. It will have a maximum occupancy of 568, according to building permit application documents.

FedEx had not confirmed its plans until Friday.

New information on plans for the distribution center follows a FedEx earnings report that showed an emphasis in capital investment with FedEx Ground. Executives said there will be “a number” of changes that will “fundamentally change” FedEx Ground.

Township records show the center could employ “at least 195 people at its largest shift.” But county records do not appear to address how many jobs overall would be coming to the facility at 8650 Byers Road.

Developer Scannell Properties was given final development plan approval in January after Miami Twp. last fall granted a rezoning request.

Scannell officials indicated for months they were in talks with possible tenants, but as of last week were not ready to announce a deal.

The FedEx Ground plan calls for 845 parking spaces. Those numbers show 474 spaces for automobiles, 131 for long trailers, 125 for “HD vans” and 94 for 28-foot trailers, according to county documents.

More than 50 docking bays are planned for the south and east sides, records indicate. The majority appear to be on the east side, which faces I-75.