Yahoo Eyes Lockport, NY for Data Center

Yahoo (YHOO) has filed plans for a $150 million data center in Lockport, New York and hopes to begin work in August building a 190,000 square foot server farm. Officials in Lockport announced Yahoo’s interest after the company filed site plans with the city planning board. Lockport is about 25 miles northeast of Buffalo, NY.

Yahoo has told local media the Lockport location is “not a done deal” and the company is still considering other states. Yahoo’s board has yet to approve the proposal, and the company is apparently debating whether to buy or lease the site. But the filing of site plans suggests that a decision is all but done but can’t be finalized until a pending package of tax breaks is approved.

The company has filed site plans for a 30-acre parcel along Route 270. Yahoo also considered sites in nearby towns of Pembroke and Cambria, and had previously scouted locations in Virginia and eastern Canada.

“We suspect we’ll hear from the Yahoo! board of directors in early July,” Lockport Supervisor Marc R. Smith told the Buffalo News. “The receipt of the application from Yahoo … is just one more step in the process of reaching an agreement with Yahoo! We are hopeful at the conclusion of this process that Yahoo! will be bringing its investment and jobs to Western New York.”

The New York Power Authority has approved 10 megawatts of low-cost hydro power for a first phase of construction for a Yahoo facility. A second phase, expected for the spring of 2012, would receive an additional five megawatts of power. The Buffalo News has estimated that the power deal will save Yahoo $101.2 million over the 15-year life of the deal. The projects is expected to create 75 jobs paying $50,000 per year.

Lockport is offering a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) incentive that would include a 20-year tax break that would have Yahoo pay no property taxes for the first 10 years, then pay 20 percent more every two years after that. The deal would also include a sales tax exemption on all equipment purchases, an incentive which has been adopted by a number of states hoping to lure data centers.

The Lockport Planning Board will discuss the Yahoo project next Wednesday, and the town already has scheduled a public hearing on the site plan for June 30.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.


  1. Cindy Buike

    I would like to apply for a position at the new Yahoo facility in Lockport, NY. Would you please send any information you have that may be helpful! Thank You, Cindy Buike

  2. Karen Warmington

    Interested in a job as an Office Manager/Assistant at your new Yahoo Data Center in Lockport, New York. If there is any information you can forward me, I would greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Karen

  3. Steve F

    I would be interested in applying for a job at the new data center in Lockport. Any information pertaining to job listings would be helpful. Thanks and Regards,

  4. David Powell

    I to am interested in a position at the Lockport location. Any information you can send me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks David

  5. If you are building a green facility and would like to use a WBE keep me in mind. Thanks

  6. One Whoknows

    Thank You Yahoo for picking our hometown as your new home! We are all very glad you will be coming to Lockport, N.Y. 14094 and Niagara County to give our neighbors a wonderful employment opportunity. Please be sure to employ a good service to do back ground checks so you get the best, we all want you to be a success! Welcome to you and all you will bring! We hope you enjoy the beautiful Erie Canal and Niagara Falls, USA!

  7. Chris Q

    any info on where to apply for job at yahoo would be appreciated.thanks

  8. Kristen Salvatore, IT Specialist

    This is fantastic news for Lockport! I am a 5th generation WNYer and IT Specialist, so I'm eager to see this facility in full swing. I am very interested in applying for a at the new Yahoo! Data Center. Any information pertaining to job listings would be greatly appreciated. Welcome to WNY!

  9. Lorraine Smith

    I would like to learn more about jobs there I am a Clerica Assistant for a company in Williamsville for 8 years but would like to find something back in Lockport if possible closer to home. Could you send me some information for jobs there. Welcome to Lockport!!