Fayetteville data center plans up for site plan review

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A discussion on the upcoming conceptual site plan, including a potential building layout, for the Southeast Data Center project at Ga. Highway 54 and Veterans Parkway in Fayetteville was held Oct. 27 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. Graphic/Oceanic Data Centers.
A discussion on the upcoming conceptual site plan, including a potential building layout, for the Southeast Data Center project at Ga. Highway 54 and Veterans Parkway in Fayetteville was held Oct. 27 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. Graphic/Oceanic Data Centers.

Oceanic Data Centers (ODC) will be on the agenda of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission at 6 p.m. today for a consideration of a conceptual site plan for the Southeast Data Center Campus situated on 122 acres along Ga. Highway 54 and Veterans Parkway.

Planning commissioners will consider a site plan for the property that already carries a Business Park zoning designation for the currently undeveloped Lester property totaling 122.5 acres, situated along Hwy. 54 and Veterans Parkway.

According to Director of Community and Economic Development David Rast, ODC is proposing a multi-building data center and technology business park to be developed in phases, and encompass more than 1 million sq. ft. of technology-related space designed to accommodate single or multiple users.

The project will include access to Hwy. 54 and Tyrone Road and internal roadways designed to eventually provide access to undeveloped properties to the north and east.

The city previously submitted the project to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) for review as a Development of Regional Impact (DRI).

According to information received by the city last month, Oceanic said the subject parcel is under contract and ready for the next stage of development.

“The current master plan is based on the flexible, phased delivery of approximately 50,000 to 140,000 square foot data center modules designed to address demand from single or multi-tenant enterprise, colocation and hyperscale data center customers. ODC’s vision for the site, commonly known as the Southeast Data Center project (SEDC), plans for the development of the complex over a 10-year period beginning in late 2021 with 50 percent build-out achieved by the end of year six. At full build out, the site has been master-planned for upwards of eight buildings,” Oceanic said.

<b>The Fayette County Development Authority on its website lists the features of the site.</b>
The Fayette County Development Authority on its website lists the features of the site.

Oceanic maintained that the project is conceived to meet the active and increasing demand for data center capacity in the Atlanta region. The buildings composing the master plan would be designed to utilize conventional, economical construction techniques and building systems while addressing the tailored needs of data center users.

It was one year ago, on Oct. 29, that ODC’s Joe Embry announced the project publicly at a meeting of nearly 50 city and county officials.

Embry at the time said the concept would have an as yet undetermined number of buildings that, at final build-out, could provide approximately 1.5 million sq. ft. of data center space.

Embry during the presentation said the Fayetteville project at full build-out could bring a taxable value of $2 billion.

2 COMMENTS

  1. How many potential jobs do this huge land size project expect? I can’t imagine a data center having the need to employ very many HIGH TECH paying jobs, or many jobs or otherwise. I’m thinking less than 200 jobs will be available and most of those will have already been fullfilled from current transfers of the companies that will occupy the buildings. On the other hand, the empty undeveloped land that has sat empty for centuries doesn’t employ anyone at all nor provide a substantial tax base. At the very least, Fayette County is moving further in the 21st century and out of Mayberry RFD and to that I say KUDOS

  2. “Embry during the presentation said the Fayetteville project at full build-out could bring a taxable value of $2 billion.”

    In their presentation it says 100% relief from state and local taxes. I think tax abatement are a bad idea. Fayette county should at least tax a bit, to pay for the damage to roads all the construction traffic will cause, not to mention other traffic. Won’t help with the situation at 54/74 any.