Dell and developer Sabey have disclosed plans to local officials to build two huge data centers in Quincy, Wash.
The Port of Quincy issued a statement saying the companies have begun the permitting process for their respective data centers, providing an insight into the scale of the proposed operations.
As part of its “Project Roosevelt,” Dell plans to build a roughly 350,000-square-foot facility in three phases on an 80-acre site at the Port of Quincy. Dell expects phase one of the project will be completed by late 2012, while phases two and three are expected to be carried out in a late 2018 timeframe.
Meanwhile, according to documents filed with the City of Quincy, Sabey plans to build a data center facility that will total about 508,000 square feet in size. Two buildings are expected to be constructed at about 186,660 square feet in size, while a third building will be about 140,000 square feet.
Representatives of Dell and Sabey could not be immediately reached for comment.
Pat Boss, economic development and government affairs director for the Port of Quincy, said in statement that the two projects are signs that Washington State is now competing on a level playing field with other regions. Earlier in the year, State legislators restored tax incentives for companies looking to build data centers in rural areas of the state. The incentives provide a sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of computers and power for new data centers.
“It’s making Quincy very competitive in recruiting these high-tech companies,” Boss said. “The fact is that Quincy and central Washington is back in the game again.”
The Port of Quincy, which encompasses the City of Quincy, acts as an economic development agency for the region. Quincy has become a magnet for data centers which are drawn by the availability of relatively inexpensive “green” hydro-generated powered. Last month Yahoo began construction on a second phase to an existing data center and Microsoft has also initiated an expansion of its operations.
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