09 January 2017

Mesa Office of Economic Development > "Delivering the Data Center of 2025 in 2015" Needs An Update

Two Opportunities
1 Data Center Opportunities - Mesa City Center
2 Elliot Road Technology Corridor
Both offer

Why Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area? ...and Why Mesa?
Question: Do the corporate 'give-aways" to high-tech companies create jobs?
Question: If so, what types of jobs?
Question: How talented is the local workforce? Do they have the skills for the jobs or not?
Question: How streamlined is the approval and regulatory process?

The Corridor boasts more than one thousand acres of shovel-ready sites available for development, all serviced by the appropriate infrastructure (electric, natural gas, water/wastewater), dark fiber availability, and a streamlined entitlement process.
Large Redundant Power Capacity – The Corridor is adjacent to Salt River Project’s (SRP) 500kV, 230kV and 69kV transmission lines and Browning receiving station. Perfect for companies needing large amounts of redundant, dedicated power (20MW or more). www.srpnet.com
Robust Dark and Lit Fiber Network – SRP owns and operates the largest independent fiber network in Arizona which includes 1,600 route miles of dark fiber and is physically diverse from incumbent networks. SRP provides redundant dark fiber to the Corridor allowing easy access for customers.  Lit fiber provided by Cox and CenturyLink.  Zayo will soon be coming to the area with dark and lit fiber.
Available Natural Gas – Southwest Gas provides competitively-priced natural gas service to the area. www.swgas.com
 Sufficient Water Waste Water Capacity – The Corridor has plenty of water and waste water capacity for potential high-tech companies and data centers.

Data Center Opportunities - Elliot Road Technology Corridor
The City of Mesa has created a Planned Area Development Overlay Zone in the Corridor that reduces entitlement risk and greatly expedites the development process.
Landowners may keep their current zoning until they are ready to develop their property, at which time they can opt-in to the Overlay Zone.
Projects that might have taken up to six months to go through the entitlement process, may now get approval in as little as a few weeks.

Provides sales tax exemptions for data center equipment and construction for owners, operators, and co-location tenants of computer data centers who are certified by the Arizona Commerce Authority.
A qualified co-location tenant is an entity that enters into a contract with the owner or operator of a computer data center for an IT load of at least 500 kilowatts per month for a period of two or more years.
  • To qualify for tax relief as a new data center in Maricopa County, it requires, within five years of certification, that an owner or operator make a minimum investment of $50 million.
  • The qualification period is 10 calendar years from when the certification form is filed, unless the data center qualifies as a sustainable redevelopment project whereas the qualification period may then be 20 years.
  • A sustainable redevelopment project is defined as a data center that satisfies investment requirements described above and that occupies or will occupy the structural improvements at an existing facility that either:
    • was at least 50 percent vacant for six of the last 12 months before the acquisition by purchase or lease of or with respect to the facility, OR
    • attains certification under the Energy Star or Green Globes Standard, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating standard developed by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent green building standard that was not previously certified under these standards.

Data Center Opportunities - Mesa City Center
The Mesa City Center is uniquely positioned to offer from 7 to 15 acres for a data center sitethat could access City-owned electric, gas, water, wastewater and a chilled water district. The City is also interested in a possible co-generation opportunity.
The City Center site is a 15 acre city-owned site within Mesa’s City Center available for development. The site is “shovel-ready” and is located within close proximity to existing substations providing strong redundancy. The firm RSP Architects provided the city with some pro-bono conceptual design work to help visualize the development of a data center on 7.5 acres of the site.
Go see >> Conceptual Designs

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