Google may be slowing the pace of its data center construction in the short-term, but continues to prepare for major data center expansion over the long term. Google said today that it has paid $3.13 million to buy an additional 60 acres of land in Lenoir, North Carolina, near where the company has built a data center on a 220-acre property. The announcement follows news that Google has slowed the pace of construction at its Lenoir project and told the state of North Carolina that it won’t meet the job creation criteria for a $4.7 million state grant.
"This is a strategic location for our company," Tom Jacobik, operations manager of the Lenoir facility, told the Asheville Citizen-Times. "We look forward to a long and active presence here." Google has finished one data center building at Lenoir, which it opened in May. It plans to eventually complete a second data center building at the site.