In only the latest move to develop a high tech corridor in Mesa, Arizona, a development agreement has now been approved for the construction of a new Google data center there.
That agreement by members of the Mesa City Council provides a timeline for the project, with Google building the first phase of the data center sometime in the next five years.
The new high-tech facility will go up on nearly 190 acres of vacant land inside the Morrison Ranch Business Center at the intersection of Sossaman and Elliott roads, to the direct northeast of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
As planned, the initial phase will measure 250,000 square feet, with construction on that phase expected to be completed by the summer of 2025.
Another 750,000 square feet will be completed by July of 2029.
In trying to secure a commitment from the giant Internet search engine service to build in Mesa, the city, which had been engaged with Google officials in discussions for more than a year, offered the company tax incentives worth at least $16 million over a 25-year period.
That incentive, known officially as a Government Property Lease Excise Tax Program, was regarded as critical for Google in their own financial evaluation of building in Mesa.
The site was rezoned earlier this year by Mesa to allow for the construction of the data center.
Earlier this year the Mountain View, California-based Google announced that it was planning to spend upwards of $13 billion either expanding or building new offices and data centers nationally.
The company this week launched work on a new $600 million data center in Henderson, Nevada.
By Garry Boulard
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