: Amazon Buys a Facility in Santa Clara, California

Mar 10, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

An old insulation plant in Santa Clara, California, has been purchased by Amazon. According to documents cited by BizJournal, Amazon paid $237.8 million for the land, which is situated at 960 Central Expressway, slightly west of San Jose Mineta International Airport. It's unknown what the firm plans to do with the property; a prior proposal called for constructing two smaller structures that might serve as either data centers or warehouses and one big logistical facility. It is close to Nvidia facilities as well as data centers for Digital Realty, Colovore, Vantage, and Cyxtera. A company that makes fiberglass composites, insulation, and roofing once held the property. The facility was shut down last year after the company originally intended to close it in 2021. Presently, the property is home to 747,424 square feet of industrial warehouse structures and 130 square feet of surface parking and covered truck loading docks. 

The facility was later scheduled to be purchased by logistics company Panattoni for $240 million, according to an SEC filing. One two-story facility for storage and two smaller structures for either warehousing or data center applications made up the company's application to the city to construct three prospective buildings with a combined area of up to 890,000 square feet. Each of the two single-story structures would be 204,465 square feet. Amazon is now developing a second data center on the property, perhaps three miles to the north at 2305 Mission College Boulevard. In addition, the company is building a campus in Gilroy, a city south of Santa Clara. Also, it is renting a brand-new data center in Hayward, California, from Hines.

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