Sysco Seattle plans to expand food distribution center in Kent

Warehouse along 54th Avenue South near South 228th Street

Sysco Seattle plans a 102,739-square-foot warehouse expansion of its food distribution center in Kent.

The building addition will accommodate dry warehouse space, freezer and cooler space, a mechanical room and several new loading docks on the west side of the facility, 22840 54th Ave. S., according to permits filed with the city.

Sysco also plans a 1,319-square-foot addition to the existing maintenance shop and a 520-square-foot fire pump house accessory building.

The proposal includes new paved areas for onsite truck waiting, trailer parking, employee parking areas, a new truck entrance and adjustments to the existing driveway locations accessing 54th Avenue South.

City planning staff reviewed a similar expansion in 2011 but the construction was never done. That proposal included a 253,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate loading docks on the east side of the building. Sound walls and additional noise barrier walls were proposed to mitigate noise impacts from the additional truck loading areas.

A sound wall is not part of the latest proposal as loading docks would be prohibited on the east side of the building, according to city documents.

Sysco must follow several mitigation plans including no increase in truck circulation volumes; no truck circulation on the vehicle lane south of the warehouse; no nighttime use of the southern portion of the trailer parking east of the warehouse.

For trucks in the waiting area east of the proposed warehouse, trucks must idle for 15 minutes or less per truck during nighttime hours.

Sysco Seattle has provided products and services to the food service industry in Western Washington for more than 40 years. The company’s products include specialty produce, custom-cut meats, gourmet imports and supplies. Its customers include restaurants as well as health care and educational facilities. Sysco has about 330 distribution facilities worldwide and serves more than 600,000 customer locations, according to its website.

Sysco’s media relations department did not respond to an email from the Kent Reporter for more information about the expansion, including a possible timeline for construction.

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