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Hyperscale developments are becoming increasingly more common, however, authorities face increasing pressure from communities to protect fauna and flora as well as locals’ wellbeing.
Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital
July 26, 2021 | 12:29 AM BST
Home to some of the world’s largest data centre markets, the US is currently debating the approval of three more hyperscale data centre campus covering a combined area of 752 acres, equivalent to 570 football fields.
First up, and taking the majority of the land, is a 375 acres campus in Kansas City’s Northland, Missouri, part of the 882.5-acre Golden Plains Technology Park set for data centre construction and spearheaded by Diode Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Overland Park-based Black & Veatch.
The project, codenamed Project Velvet, is currently under revision by local authorities and has been designed to include 1.88 million sq ft across three data centre facilities, with 601,955 sq ft in the first phase of development. At full build, the site would reach 16 buildings, totalling 5.5 million sq ft.
The campus is to be built by Velvet Tech Services LLC, which shares a Wilmington, Delaware, address and managing executive with CSC Global Financial Markets.
According to Kansas City Business Journal, Diode Ventures and Velvet Tech Services could receive as much as US$8.2 billion in incentives over 37 years, including real and personal property tax abatements and a sales tax exemption on construction materials as part of a package City Council members approved for the data centre campus in April.
Construction could start as early as January 2022, with the full development constructed by 2032.
Over in Virginia, two other largescale projects are also closing on approval.
Frederick County Board of Supervisors in Winchester, northern Virginia, have this week voted to rezone 277 acres which could be destined towards the development of a logistic and data centre.
The One Logistics Park would span over 277 acres and is owned by JGR Three LLC.
The site is however proving to be controversial with locals, as originally only 143 acres of land were destined for such developments, with the rest of the land set to be used for the construction of 550 residential units.
Lastly, in Gainesville, Prince William County, a further 102 acres are up for debate as developers come forward with plans to develop a 2.89 million sq ft data centre campus. The land is owned by Southview 66 LLC and Gainesville JM LC.
The US is no stranger to mega-scale data centre developments. Just last month, Quantum Loophole and TPG Real Estate Partners (TREP) acquired a three-square mile site for the development of data centres in the state of Maryland, 50 miles north of Washington DC.
The US$100 million cash transaction was done by the two parties under a joint venture and it is anticipated that 30 to 120-megawatt capacity data centre modules can be deployed in less than nine months.
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