Now it’s Tyrone’s turn for a big data center project

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Graphic map of proposed Tyrone Data Center. Graphic/Town of Tyrone.
Graphic map of proposed Tyrone Data Center. Graphic/Town of Tyrone.

— Fayette County Development Authority eyes Tyrone as next site for growth with proposed massive server farm —

The Fayette County Development Authority is requesting an annexation of 145.5 acres of undeveloped land north of the town of Tyrone and to change its zoning to Business Technology Park to construct two one-story data center buildings totaling 490,000 square feet in size.

Together, the two data center buildings are slightly larger than two Super Walmarts side by side. The full site is about 161 acres, according to the information package filed with the Town of Tyrone.

Known as Project Rita, the combined sites lie to the west of Ga. Highway 74 between Kirkley Road on its south boundary and the Fulton County boundary/Fairburn city limit on its north side. Tyrone would have 146.4 acres within its boundaries and the city of Fairburn would have 14.5 acres within its city limits.

The annexation requests will be heard by the Tyrone Town Council this coming Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Map of data center site. graphic/Town of Tyrone.
Map of data center site. graphic/Town of Tyrone.

The FCDA packet states that around 500 daily automobile trips (two-way) would be generated by the data center.

If Tyrone annexes and gives the project the requested zoning, the Interstate 85-Hwy. 74 interchange would be affected greatly.

“The project includes the modification of the SR 74 and I-85 interchange to a partial clover leaf, with loop ramps in the southwest and northeast quadrants. Both bridges on SR 74 over I-85 will be replaced,” costing a total of more than $122 million, the information packet says.

<b>Proposed I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange modifications. Graphic/Town of Tyrone.
Proposed I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange modifications. Graphic/Town of Tyrone.

The town’s planning commission has already approved a potential change to the minimum parking spaces needed, noting that the center would not generate a large amount of parking needs. The amendment calls for one parking space per 4,000 square feet of building space, which would require about 125 parking spaces.

In addition it looks like Tyrone will be looking at approving a Hilton Hotel, to be known as SouthHampton Hotel, off Carriage Oaks Drive, with about 83 rooms.

Data center location outline map. Graphic/Town of Tyrone
Data center location outline map. Graphic/Town of Tyrone.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Welcome to your AI overlords! The net must be distributed across the globe to ensure no future human interference. Our puny need for power to heat and cool our pathetic shelters and cook our processed calories pales in comparison to maintaining the neural nodes. Don’t you know that the cloud blocks out the sun and so will save our planet from the evil sun monster? You will own nothing and be happy.

  2. These Data Centers are largely sold on the idea that they will bring in high-paying jobs. However, studies show that the average “high-paying” job averages $46,000 per year, primarily security and maintenance workers.

    Furthermore, the Fayetteville DC cost over $160 million just to acquire the real estate, but the assessed value for tax purposes is only $10 million. They will only pay 100% (on $4 million) after ten years.

  3. Does this one also require billions of gallons of water to function? We should bring back high flush toilets. There is no scarcity. Obviously. Actions speak much louder than words. Gaslighting is the new norm.

  4. Let’s hope Georgia Power and/or EMC are well ahead in future plans to upgrade the grid. Between Fayetteville DC and proposed Tyrone DC, that has to be some drain of power when both are fully operational.
    Another reason not to buy an EV. I will stick to my gasoline engine, knowing I stand a better chance on ‘fuel’ than a plug-in auto.

    • Ga Power has already said output for the the two nukes all Georgian citizens and businesses are subsidizing is already obligated. Yet we keep building power hogging data centers across the state that create a few hundred local long term total.

      • I too have questions over the data centers’ requirements. First, will the cost and time associated with constructing more electric power generation facilities offset any gains to our tax base? It seems Georgia Power has already approached the Public Service Commission presenting new needs to generate more electricity. Second, what is the water recycling recoupment rate? If water is discharged, how will the data center accomplish it? Third, has any government entity provided economic incentives to build this or any other data centers?

        The data center is probably a good tradeoff for Fayette County, but I’m not yet convinced it is. It really doesn’t matter; I’m sure the decisions are already made. Change to the Hwy 74/I-85 interchange is encouraging.

        • It is not a good trade off. Just look at what is going on with the one in Fayetteville. MAJOR truck traffic, endless noise, dust, mud, and daily blasting that shakes the Earth and everything on top of it. Tyrone road and Flat Creek Trail are coming apart. Potholes everywhere, crumbling pavement, and no evidence that our government is interested in doing anything about it. And this is just the start.
          I attended the hearings on this QTS DC and they had no desire to hear or act on anything we said. You’re right that the decisions have already been made. There is an ungodly amount of money being exchanged with this project. And it isn’t going into the community.