An architectural rendering of a 278,670-square-foot warehouse under construction in Bondurant. City officials and those with general contractor Ryan Cos. are mum about the building's tenant. However, signs point to Amazon Inc. as being the building's tenant. Rendering by Ford & Associates MAP: The map below shows the location of the warehouse and the planned road improvements. Map by Shive Hattery Architecture Engineering

 

Amazon Inc., the online retail giant building a fulfillment center in Bondurant, also is likely behind another secretive project in the northeast Polk County community.

For several months, Bondurant city officials have worked with those from Ryan Cos. and others to usher a development through approvals at both the Plan and Zoning Commission and City Council.

 

Throughout the process, the $55 million project planned on 48 acres west of Northeast Hubbell Avenue has been known only has Project Omega.

The 278,670-square-foot warehouse likely is an Amazon regional sortation center, Marc Wulfraat of MWPVL International Inc. told the Business Record. The centers, at which packages are sorted by ZIP code and transferred to delivery stations or the post office, are often built near fulfillment centers, Wulfraat wrote.
The Quebec, Canada-based MWPVL is a supply chain, logistics and distribution consulting firm that has done extensive research on Amazon and its distribution network.

Other signs also point to the warehouse's mystery tenant being Amazon. Ryan Cos., the general contractor of the fulfillment center, has been heavily involved with Project Omega. In addition, documents recently provided to the Iowa Department of Transportation also point to Amazon –which regularly uses codes names for its projects  being behind the Omega warehouse.

The city of Bondurant, in a recent grant application to the Iowa DOT for road work adjacent to Project Omega, included the same wording to describe the company that will occupy the new warehouse as it did over a year ago in a similar grant application for road work by the Amazon fulfillment center.

"The company is customer-centric and prides itself on adherence to four guiding principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking," Bondurant officials wrote about the company in both applications.

The description is one Amazon uses on its website to describe itself.

In the grant application, Bondurant wrote that the company that occupied the warehouse would employ about 100 full-time jobs and 300 to 400 part-time jobs. The jobs would pay a minimum of $15 an hour, which is the pay Amazon starts its hourly workers.

Bondurant officials, in the grant application, wrote that about 90 trucks would come and go from the facility on a daily basis and that there would be about 360 daily employee trips to and from the facility. "The trips to and from the facility will be greater during peak seasons," officials wrote in the application for a DOT Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy grant.

The city was awarded a grant totaling $1,062,032 to help pay for the construction of roads around the site of the new warehouse. The $2.1 million road projects include constructing 490 feet of Shiloh Rose Parkway and 853 feet of 23rd Street Southwest, according to DOT documents.

In October, the city issued a construction permit valued at $31.2 million for Project Omega. The project at 2300 Shiloh Rose Parkway S.W. includes the construction of a 53-foot-tall warehouse that will be lined on three sides with 107 loading docks and parking for semitrailer trucks, a site plan shows.

The warehouse on Shiloh Rose Parkway includes parking for 265 workers as well as parking for 322 semitrailer trucks. The truck parking is in addition to the semitrailer spaces at the loading docks.

Amazon is completing construction on a fulfillment center about 1 mile east of where Project Omega will be located.

Ryan Cos., which is the general contractor for the fulfillment center, purchased 72 acres at 2300 Shiloh Rose Parkway S.W. in late September. The company also purchased property where the fulfillment center is being built. Ryan Cos. is also listed as the general contractor of the warehouse on Shiloh.

Earlier this year, Amazon opened a delivery station in Grimes.

Amazon didn’t reveal it was behind the fulfillment center until after construction of the building was well underway. It also didn’t reveal it was opening the delivery station in Grimes until a few weeks before the facility opened.

"They are secretive about everything," Wulfraat wrote.

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