T-Mobile officially opened its new $250 million data center in East Wenatchee, Washington last week, as local officials touted the impact of local data centers on the township's tax base. The facility is the first of two major data centers being built at Sabey Corp.'s Intergate.Columbia development, where VMware has also leased more than 100,000 square feet of data center space.
The new data centers are already boosting tax revenues. At last week's ceremony to mark the opening og the T-Mobile project, Douglas County Commissioner Ike Stanton said the county's sales tax revenue jumped 280 percent in a single year, increasing from $220,000 in February 2008 to $838,000 in February 2009. "We refer to this in Douglas County as our own, federal stimulus package, because it's been very good for Douglas County," Stanton said, according to the Wenatchee World.
Sabey announced the East Wenatchee data center project in August 2006. The company’s project includes two data centers totaling approximately 380,000 square feet of space, along with a 75,000 square foot office building.
Sabey isn't done building in the area, either. The Seattle-based company developer has bought land in Quincy for another data center project known as Intergate.Quincy. Additional development by Sabey would continue the influx of huge data centers in central Washington, including projects by Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask.com and Intuit.
Sabey has submitted plans for a 50-megawatt data center campus similar to Intergate.Columbia, with two 186,000 square foot data centers, and two smaller buildings on a 40-acre site it purchased from the Port of Quincy, according to an update on the project from the Columbia Basin Herald.
Sabey Corporation has built and currently operates some of the largest data centers in the country, including Seattle’s 76-acre Intergate technology campus, one of the nation’s largest multi-tenant Internet complexes, along with other past operations in Los Angeles and Denver. It operates the Sabey Data Center, which includes a finished 120,000 square foot data center and 350,000 of expansion space.