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Netrality Data Centers acquires Kansas facility

Local authorities have already approved the issuance of US$56.2 million of Federally Taxable Private Activity Revenue Bonds for the development and renovation works.

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December 09, 2021 | 2:00 AM GMT

Privately held Netrality Data Centers, backed by Macquarie Asset Management, has acquired the 7801 Nieman Road building in Shawnee, Kansas, from where it will run its second data centre in the state.

7801 Nieman Road is located 10-mile from Netrality’s 1102 Grand site, allowing for one millisecond round trip latency for active-active replication between the two data centres.

The new facility spans 172,000 square feet with 2 MW of capacity currently available. An additional megawatt will be delivered during Netrality’s first phase of development followed by another 3 MW during phase two, the operator said.   

On November 8th, the Shawnee City Council approved the issuance of US$56.2 million of Federally Taxable Private Activity Revenue Bonds for the development and renovation of 7801 Nieman Road.

Lieutenant Governor and Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland said: “We are extremely pleased to see Netrality select Shawnee as the location for their new data centre.

“Data centres have unique requirements, and Kansas delivered with attractive site options, a skilled workforce and other exceptional assets that demonstrate our commitment to meeting Netrality’s growing needs.” 

Ann Smith-Tate, President and CEO of Shawnee Economic Development Council, added: “We are delighted to welcome Netrality to our business community. As a leader in the data centre industry, we know that Netrality will be able to serve businesses not just regionally but throughout the Midwest and United States from their new Shawnee location.”   

Also commenting, Gerald M. Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at Netrality Data Centers thanked the City of Shawnee for their support and approval of the Industrial Revenue Bonds.

“We look forward to partnering with the Shawnee Economic Development Council and contributing to the growth of the region,” he said.

“We are excited to expand Netrality’s presence within the market. The close proximity to 1102 Grand makes 7801 Nieman Road an attractive facility to further support the increasing capacity demands we are seeing from our interconnection and wholesale customers.” 

Netrality recently completed renovations and infrastructure upgrades to its data centre located at 1102 Grand in Kansas City, MO.

Earlier this year, the company has also acquired Indy Telcom Center, a 205,000 sq ft., 11-building campus dedicated to wholesale and powered shell tenants and fibre customers.

Kurtz & Revness, PC, Charles Renner and Chris Kline of Husch Blackwell, and Doug Hollidge of Five 9s Digital represented Netrality Data Centers.  Kenneth G. Block, Michael R. Block, Andrew T. Block and Christian D. Wead of Block Real Estate Services, LLC represented the seller, HH Associates, LLC. 

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