Mesa Approves $1 Billion Google Data Center

Mesa City Council members voted in favor of Google’s plan to open a new data center on the city’s technology strip.

Construction will begin sometime within the next 5 years. The complex will span over 187 acres at the intersection of Elliot and Sossaman roads.

“Mesa would be pleased to welcome a global leader in innovation like Google to our community. They would be a great match for the Elliot Road Technology Corridor.” Mayor John Giles said in a statement.

The 750,000-square-foot building will go up in three phases and cost around $1 Billion.

“We’re excited,” William Jabjiniak, the city’s economic development director, said at a council study session last week. Jabjiniak says they have negotiated terms on the project for almost a year. The city is already home to other technology giants such as Apple, AT&T, and Boeing.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to add potentially a fourth Fortune 50 company here in Mesa,” Jabjiniak said last week.

Google’s data center will sit on land previously used for farming. City officials decided that rezoning the area for industrial use would bring in much more revenue.

“Coming from a farming family myself, it’s hard to let land go,” Vice Mayor Mark Freeman said. “But they strategically developed their land for business … I appreciate their willingness to sell.”

Councilman Jeremy Whitaker said at the study session, “This is huge for the city of Mesa.”

Mesa have not said how many new jobs Google’s campus will create, but full-time employees can expect to make at least $65,000 a year. Positions will include systems administrators, technicians, facilities works and support, some from outside sources. The proposed property lease will last 25 years and provide the company millions of dollar’s worth of tax breaks. Google says the project may not be completed for another 10 years.