A Closer Look At The Elliot Road Technology Corridor, Site Of The Next Google Data Center
The Mesa City Council approved a development deal late June 2019 with Google for a $1 billion data center to be built at a 187-acre plot of land on the northwest corner of Elliot and Sossaman roads, west of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
Google is expected to break ground on the facility within the next five years with the first 250,000 of the 750,000 square feet in place by July 2025 and the project completed by July 2029. Reports estimate that the data center will bring in between $61 million and $156 million in taxes over the next 25 years.
Google joins Apple who already has a data center up and running in Mesa. (Another tech giant, Microsoft, plans to build data centers on two sites in Goodyear located west of Phoenix which it acquired in 2018.) Both Google and Apple's data centers will be or are being hosted by Mesa's "Elliot Road Technology Corridor." With "more than 1,000 acres of available, shovel-ready property" featuring "a robust infrastructure" that includes power, water, natural gas and fiber, the Corridor is an ideal choice for high-tech manufacturers and data centers looking for a smart location that can get things operational as soon as possible at a competitive price.
With its adjacent location to the Salt River Project’s transmission lines and Browning receiving station, facilities in the Corridor are able to take advantage of redundant and dedicated power while multiple fiber providers and the 36-mile City-owned E-Streets Conduit Loop cover dark and lit fiber services, extensive interconnectivity and redundancy plus the possibility for accelerated fiber expansion and increased network operational control. The City of Mesa also maintains a substantial water and wastewater infrastructure network in the Corridor that continues to expand as it anticipates future industry growth.
Still on the merits of its location, the Corridor is linked to markets throughout the US with its easy freeway ramp access to Loop 202 and Interstate 10. It's also within 5 minutes away from the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and 30 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is also consistently ranked as one of the safest places in the country with its low risk of natural disaster like hurricanes, flooding, hail, tornadoes and earthquakes.
As for entitlement risk? A Planned Area Development Zone in the Corridor reduces such risk and greatly expedites the development process. On the other hand, the Mesa's Foreign Trade Zone can decrease or defer tariffs and duties, with qualifying users enjoying property taxes lowered by as much as 72.2%.
A pool of talent is also within reach by the Corridor which is close to the Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus and the Chandler Gilbert Community College’s Williams Campus. The former has more than 4,000 students enrolled in science, engineering, management, technology, and education programs while the latter counts more than 2,000 students in its nursing, aviation, and applied technology programs.
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