Lowe’s Chooses San Antonio for Data Center
June 29th, 2006 By: Rich Miller
Lowe’s has chosen San Antonio as the site of a $126 million data center, contingent upon the approval of an incentive package by the City Council, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Lowe plans to build in the Westover Hills, where Microsoft is also said to be looking at sites for a 470,000-square-foot data center that would employ about 100 people. The newspaper says Paypal may also be scouting potential data center sites in San Antonio.
The Lowe’s center would employ just 25 workers, but use substantial power that would funnel revenue to the city through its utility, CPS Energy. Lowe’s is seeking a 10-year tax abatement on the data center. The project will go before the City Council on Thursday.
Local officials said the Lowe’s facility puts San Antonio on the map for data centers just as companies are looking for new sites nationwide. San Antonio has several homegrown data centers
2.5 Megawatts divided by 470,000 square feet comes to 5.3 watts/square foot. Doesn’t that seem preposterously low? Are they putting a store in the building?