Google considers building a Kansas City data center in Northland

Jul 23, 2019 | Posted by admin

Google has tentative plans for a $600 million data center in the Northland.  The initiative's code name is "Project Shale."

The project was announced at a Port Authority's (Port KC) board meeting on July 22nd, where the board approved a resolution authorizing Port KC to issue bonds for the project. The data center would be on a 78-acre site within Hunt Midwest Business Center, an industrial park in Clay County.

The proposed location is near MO-210 and N Arlington Avenue near the Missouri River. If the immense data center is built, it could bring 30 new jobs to the area after the first phase of construction, with more jobs added later.

In hopes of attracting the development, Port KC authorized to issue long term bonds (chapter 68 bond) up to a $25 billion, chapter 68 bond. Port KC would own the building and Google would lease space.  Google would benefit from the Port's tax-exempt status and would make annual payments to taxing jurisdictions including the NKC School District and the cities of Kansas City and Clay County.
The highlighted area is the former AK Steel Corp, a site now owned by Port KC where Google is considering building a data center

Articles as of July 2019


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