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This international delivery company wants to set up an office, storage facility in Port Coquitlam

The demand for courier services has prompted FedEx Express to look for a site in Port Coquitlam to enhance parcel delivery for the Tri-Cities.
Female courier standing by shipping van checks a parcel for delivery.

An international shipping company is planning a temporary storage and distribution facility in Port Coquitlam while it looks for a more permanent location to service local customers.

FedEx Express seeks to boost its courier service capability with offices and storage for parcels coming from the airport, which would then be delivered to local customers.

It is seeking a temporary use permit to install three temporary office buildings — totalling 1,184 sq. ft. — on an vacant industrial lot at 1710 Coast Meridian Rd.

The offices would be for a site manager, a staff locker room and washrooms.

Mobile storage units

On Tuesday (March 7), Port Coquitlam council-in-committee will consider the temporary use permit for the offices, which would to allow FedEx to install three stand-alone modular office buildings on the 1.75-acre property.

FedEx Express also plans to install mobile storage units (modified transport trailers) on the property for short-term storage, as well as parking for courier vans and a vehicle washing area.

Located near Meridian RV and Sysco Foods, the property was previously used for recreation vehicle storage.

Provides local jobs

Staff are recommending the temporary use permit; however, a public input opportunity is required prior to council approval.

"Staff do not anticipate any negative impacts associated with this proposal and note it helps support business and employment opportunities. Given FedEx Express’s desire for short-term occupancy of the site, approval of the permit is recommended," a city report reads.

In order to ensure the prefabricated office buildings are removed upon expiry of the permit, FedEx Express would have to post $5,000 in security to receive the temporary use permit, the report adds.

If approved, the temporary FedEx Express facility would be a kilometre away from Canada Post offices at 1628 Industrial Ave.