Amazon is buying land in Sioux Falls, but the company is not saying exactly what it plans to do.
The company purchased 80 acres from the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, according to Bob Mundt, the foundation's president and CEO. The land is northwest of the I-29 and I-90 junction, along Marion Road.
Neither the foundation nor Amazon disclosed the purchase price. The public record of the sale is not yet available at the county courthouse.
Mundt said, “We’re excited to make the sale, and we’re anxious to see what it is that they build there.”
Amazon is not disclosing detailed plans for the site. Spokeswoman Kirsten Wenker responded to SDPB with a written statement that said, in part, “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.”
Amazon previously revealed some information in a July grant application. It said the company plans to invest $200 million and create 1,000 jobs in Sioux Falls.
That application resulted in a $1.9 million federal government grant for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. The foundation is using the money on a road and other infrastructure in Foundation Park, which is the industrial park where Amazon is buying land.
-Seth Tupper is SDPB's business and economic development director.