The Silicon Valley-based tech company and social media giant, Facebook Inc., is starting construction on an $800 million data center in Mesa. Facebook will join several large data centers already operating or under construction in east Mesa. Facebook’s center will be between Apple’s and Google’s data centers on the southeast corner of Elliot and Ellsworth Roads, about 3 miles from Cadence at Gateway.
The first phase of the Facebook Mesa Data Center will consist of two buildings totaling 960,000 square feet, and the first building should be online by the end of 2023, said Rachel Peterson, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure, via Phoenix Business Journal.
Once operational, Facebook expects the project to support approximately 100 jobs. The construction of the data center is expected to require up to 1,500 construction jobs at peak.
Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said Mesa has invested millions of dollars into the water, sewer and street infrastructure along Elliot Road to encourage large companies like Facebook to move into Mesa easily.
In addition to job creation and tax revenue, Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said Facebook’s commitment to new community solar projects, Mesa schools and the nearby community in general will be extremely beneficial to the City of Mesa.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal
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