Fedex Corp. has officially opened a new $15 million, 110,000 sq. ft. distribution and sort center in South Philadelphia. The facility, built in the former industrial area of known as Forgotten Bottom, is the cornerstone of the city's attempt to revitalize and area that has been abandoned for 30 years.
An extensive site clean up was required before FedEx could build its new center, including the removal and disposal of more than 15,000 tons of contaminated soil, 10,000 gallons of contaminated water and tons of assorted debris. The property had been designated a "brownfields" site, which is the name given to abandoned industrial sites, which have environmental problems.