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Aug 30, 2014 9:00 PM by AP

FedEx building new distribution center

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Land is being cleared in St. Tammany Parish for a 175,000 square-foot for Federal Express.

Parish Economic Development Director Don Shea tells NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune construction is expected to begin this fall and take about 15 months to complete.

Shea says the distribution center will bring 800 new jobs.

The site is on 15 acres at a business park west of Covington. Shea says road improvements are planned.

Jesse Bull, a FedEx spokesman in Pennsylvania, said Friday he could not provide information about the project.

Business park owner Chris Lopez says he can't discuss the project due to confidentiality agreements. He says the park sold land to Jones Development Co. The Kansas City, Missouri, company does development work across the country for FedEx.

FedEx is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

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