Apple Supposedly Eyeing More Land for their Oregon Data Center
Although Apple’s Prineville, Oregon data center is still in the process of being built, the company is already looking to purchase more land at nearby location said to be home to a second structure of equal size. According to a report from The Oregonian, Apple is considering a 96-acre plot near Prineville to serve as a twin extension to its currently planned 338,000 square-foot data center which is currently under construction.
Phil Stenbeck, the Crook County assistant planning director, told the publication that an industrial user named “Project Pillar” has expressed interest in the land. The official refused to identify the company but The Oregonian claims it is “plainly Apple.”
The property, which Crook County is trying to bring within city limits for industrial zoning, holds the same tax exemptions as Apple’s current Prineville land. It was reported in April that Apple will pay some $150,000 each year to the governments of Prineville and Crook County in return for a 15-year property tax exemption. Attached to the arrangement is a promise that the data center will be staffed by 35 people, some of whom will receive wages up to 150% higher than the regional average. Furthermore, Stenbeck also mentioned that Project Pillar was once called Maverick, which was also a code name Apple used when it purchased the first Prineville plot, which is believed to support Apple’s growing iCloud services.
Officials did mention that they had no guesses as to Project Pillar’s timetable for acquiring and developing the land. If the company does end up being Apple, the vacuum of solid information will likely remain firmly in place as it is standard operating procedure for the Cupertino California company.
Source: The Oregonian