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6 Jan 2023
Google Has Filed Plans to Expand Its Data Center Site in Omaha, Nebraska
Google wants to expand its data center site currently under development in Omaha, Nebraska. The company announced and filed plans to build the center near State Street and Blair High Road northwest of the city last April.
Google filed documents with the City of Omaha under the name Westwood Solutions, LLC, for a data center on Blair High Road. The plans indicated that the site would include four data center buildings totaling over 1.4 million square feet, with construction expected to take 18 to 24 months. The giant tech company plans to invest approximately $750 million in the project.
This week, the Nebraska Examiner reported that Google is seeking to rezone an additional 187 acres adjacent to the 270-acre data center site currently under construction. The expanded site would be used to build additional data center buildings.
According to the publication, the expansion could take data center space on the site to more than 2.2 million gross square feet (204,400 sqm) in floor area.
According to the upcoming planning board agenda for this week, Google's Westwood Solutions has submitted requests for subdivision and Special Use Permits to rezone the additional 187 acres of land. These requests will be considered during the planning board meeting.
As part of the development process, Google's developer has agreed to donate $100,000 to compensate for the fact that the company bulldozed five acres of native prairie that local planning regulations should have protected.
In addition to the data center site currently under development in Omaha, Google already operates two other data centers in the Omaha area: one in Papillion, Nebraska, where the company began construction in 2019, and one in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which was established in 2007.
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