Delivering the Data Center of 2025 in 2017
THE MESA ADVANTAGE
The City of Mesa owns and operates the following utility services in the City Center
- Electric (20% of Mesa’s energy portfolio is provided by sustainable sources)
- Natural Gas
- Water & Wastewater
- Chilled Water District
A data center project in the City Center could leverage the City’s utility services to build multiple layers of redundancy and achieve incredible efficiency through co-generation opportunities. To learn more about the benefits to data centers of combined heat and power systems click here.
The City of Mesa’s Electric and Natural Gas utilities have won multiple awards for their commitment to excellence. Click here to learn more.
The City Center boasts several shovel-ready sites available for development. Shovel-ready sites in the City Center are serviced by all appropriate infrastructure (electric, natural gas, water/wastewater, and chilled water), dark fiber availability, and appropriate zoning entitlements.
CONCEPTUAL SITE PLANNING
South Center site is a 7.4 acre city-owned site within Mesa’s City Center available for development. The site is “shovel-ready” and is located with close proximity to existing substations providing strong redundancy. The firm RSP Architects provided the city with some pro-bono conceptual design work to help visualize the development of a data center. Conceptual Designs
Elliot Road Technology Corridor is uniquely positioned to offer more than one thousand acres of shovel-ready sites with robust infrastructure and a streamlined entitlement process – perfectly suited for a data center operation. Apple has recently located its $2 billion global command center in the Corridor.
The Corridor boasts more than one thousand acres of shovel-ready sites available for development, all serviced by the appropriate infrastructure (electric, natural gas, water/wastewater), dark fiber availability, and a streamlined entitlement process.
Large Redundant Power Capacity – The Elliot Road Technology Corridor is adjacent to Salt River Project’s (SRP) 500kV, 230kV and 69kV transmission lines and Browning receiving station. Perfect for companies needing large amounts of redundant, dedicated power (20MW or more). www.srpnet.com
Robust Dark Fiber Network – SRP owns and operates the largest independent fiber network in Arizona which includes 1,600 route miles of dark fiber and is physically diverse from incumbent networks. SRP provides redundant dark fiber to the Corridor allowing easy access for customers.
Available Natural Gas – Southwest Gas provides competitively-priced natural gas service to the area. www.swgas.com
Sufficient Water Waste Water Capacity – The Corridor has plenty of water and waste water capacity for potential high-tech companies and data centers.
STREAMLINED ENTITLEMENT PROCESS
The City of Mesa has created a Planned Area Development Zone in the Corridor that reduces entitlement risk and greatly expedites the development process. Landowners may keep their current zoning until they are ready to develop their property, at which time they can opt-in to the Overlay Zone. Projects that might have taken up to six months to go through the entitlement process, may now get approval in as little as a few weeks.
Why Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area?
DATA CENTER SALES TAX EXEMPTION
- Provides sales tax exemptions for data center equipment and construction for owners, operators, and co-location tenants of computer data centers who are certified by the Arizona Commerce Authority. A qualified co-location tenant is an entity that enters into a contract with the owner or operator of a computer data center for an IT load of at least 500 kilowatts per month for a period of two or more years.
- To qualify for tax relief as a new data center in Maricopa County, it requires, within five years of certification, that an owner or operator make a minimum investment of $50 million.
- The qualification period is 10 calendar years from when the certification form is filed, unless the data center qualifies as a sustainable redevelopment project whereas the qualification period may then be 20 years.
- A sustainable redevelopment project is defined as a data center that satisfies investment requirements described above and that occupies or will occupy the structural improvements at an existing facility that either:
- was at least 50 percent vacant for six of the last 12 months before the acquisition by purchase or lease of or with respect to the facility, OR
- attains certification under the Energy Star or Green Globes Standard, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating standard developed by the United States Green Building Council, or an equivalent green building standard that was not previously certified under these standards.
- 2008 Sustainlane Study named Mesa the safest place in the nation when considering natural disasters and catastrophic risk.
- Low seismic risk
- No hurricane risk
- No tornado risk
- No snowfall risk
- No volcano risk
- Phoenix-Mesa Metro area has a workforce of more than 2 million.
- Arizona State University, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has approximately 19,000 enrolled in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.
- More than 140 different technology degrees from associate’s to doctoral are offered at Mesa’s 13 higher education institutions.