By David Gross
This summer, Microsoft announced that it was resuming construction on the Iowa data center it had postponed completing during the recession. Now The Des Moines Register is reporting that Microsoft has received final approval for the West Des Moines data center, and that the company is obligated to complete construction on the facility by December 2012.
The City of West Des Moines is kicking in $8 million worth of roads and water main extensions to serve the facility, which will be financed through bonds secured by the site's property taxes. The project will cost $200 million to complete, which suggests this will only be phase 1, or a scaled down version of the initially proposed 500,000 square foot site.
The data center has been a high profile economic development project for the State of Iowa, which also hosts a Google facility two hours west in Council Bluffs.