Project Hawk grounded after raising hopes in Woodward

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Work ceased on Project Hawk in Woodward after the company scotched the deal last week.


WOODWARD, Iowa — Plans have been scrapped for the 1-million-square-foot warehouse on Woodward’s south side, the city announced this week.

“I regret to inform you that due to a legal agreement that failed to be reached in a timely manner, which affected the timeline, Project Hawk has been canceled,” Woodward Mayor Todd Folkerts said in a Facebook post.

The Woodward City Council unanimously approved a site plan Oct. 11 for the huge warehouse project in the Woodward Eco Business Park, which promised to bring with it as many as 1,000 jobs, nearly equaling in number the town’s population of 1,346.

Project Hawk, as the deal was called, involved “industrial logistics warehouse space” on 120 acres, according to Alex Lynch, executive director of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance. Amazon was rumored to be the project’s owner, but non-disclosure agreements prevented confirmation of the open secret.

“Myself and the city council are very disappointed in this development but will continue to pursue projects that provide economic growth for our great community” Folkerts said on Facebook.

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