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Pair of data center firms close on West Valley sites for nearly $80M

Wednesday, May 3, 2023   /   by Juan Grimaldo

Pair of data center firms close on West Valley sites for nearly $80M


Two data center companies have closed on 100 acres across the West Valley for new facilities.

California-based Prime Data Centers bought 66 acres in Avondale with plans to build a new campus across the south part of Hermosa Ranch Technology Campus. It paid $28.9 million, or about $438,000 per acre, for the site in April, according to real estate database Vizzda.

The facility could see 1.3 million square feet across five data center buildings adjacent to Salt River Project's planned Sierra Estrella battery storage project, which is being developed in partnership with Houston-based Plus Power LLC. The Sierra Estrella project will be the largest standalone battery facility in the state and be able to store up to 250 megawatts once built.

The site is located along Avondale Boulevard south of Lower Buckeye Road. In January, Avondale City Council gave its approval to rezone 78 acres of the site and amend its general plan to make way for a tech campus with mostly data center space.

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By Audrey Jensen - Reporter, Phoenix Business Journal