ST. JOSEPH - A nearly 100 acre distribution center could be coming to St. Joseph.

St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz says a developer is looking into the possiblity of building the center in town. City documents say the proposed location for the center could be near 19th Avenue Northeast and County Road 133.

The center is proposed on about 100 acres of primarily agricultural land in town. The project proposes a total building area of 745,000 square feet.

City documents say KDN Holdings, a food service supplier based in Massachusetts, is the company exploring the land. Schultz couldn't comment or confirm what kind of business would be operating the potential center, but says it could bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

"It will employ about 200 plus people and it's gone through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development," Schultz says.

City documents say construction on the possible distribution center could start this fall.

Schultz says the city would chip in a little money to help with permitting and infrastructure.

The city council authorized administration to distribute an environmental assessment worksheet for the project on Monday night. The project is still only in its initial phases and needs further city discussion and approval.