Report: Disney Buys Land for NC Data Center

Looks like the “Google-Apple Corridor” is about to welcome neighbors from the Magic Kingdom. An affiliate of Walt Disney has bought land in the T5 Kings Mountain data center park in North Carolina, where local officials have been working to line up incentives for a mystery prospect, according to local media.

The Shelby Star reports that a  deed filed with Cleveland County dated May 24 indicates Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. purchased 26 acres of land at the T5 data center park near Ingles. City and county officials have repeatedly declined comment on the purchase, instead referring calls to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Sources indicate that the land purchased by Disney is a different tract from the property where T5 has just finished construction on a data center building. The 146,000 square foot powered shell on a parcel at Kings Mountain is still available for lease (PDF). The site has up to 120 megawatts of power available from Duke Energy at rates between 3.9 and 4.6 centers per kilowatt hour, according to T5.

The first project at the Kings Mountain campus was a retrofit of a 215,000 square foot shell building that was previously used by Chris-Craft Inc.  to manufacture power boats. Managed hosting provider Wipro Infocrossing has leased the entire building, and plans to invest $75 million in the new facility.

If Disney is indeed the tenant, it will continue a string of major data center wins for western North Carolina, which now is home to server farms for three hot tech firms – Google, Apple and Facebook.

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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.

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