East Whiteland Township Approves Zoning for Data Center Project

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EAST WHITELAND TWP, PA fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547) has partnered with the real estate development firm Green Fig Land Company (GFLC) to acquire a parcel of over 100+ acres of land to develop, build and invest in a data center project designed with an initial capacity for up to 2 million square feet of space and 150 MW of available utility power and with additional 140 MW to be available during build-out.

Located in Chester County, the 100+ acre land parcel is zoned for data centers and microwave towers. GFLC has obtained zoning approval through the East Whiteland Townships Board of Supervisors to construct two data centers of approximately 1,000,000 square feet for a total of 2,000,000 square feet on the center lots. Adjacent property is available for the development of up to 5,000,000 square feet of data center buildings.

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“The demand for hyper-scale and enterprise data center space and access to power continues to grow at an exponential rate. 1547 is focused on identifying and developing key markets with proximity to the network to serve as edge deployments in highly populated geographies,” adds J. Todd Raymond, CEO of 1547. “We have seen the success of partnering with local and state governments throughout our portfolio, including our partnership with Rockland County, where our flagship data center in Orangeburg, New York is located, has attracted Fortune 100 companies and large hyper-scalers, since space and power are immediately available along with the proximity of connectivity to facilities in Manhattan. This saves our customers millions of dollars in tax incentives and creates long-term partnerships that scale as their data center needs grow.”

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Charles Lyddane, Managing Partner of GFLC states, “We at Green Fig have spent three years working with the legislature to enact a bill to eliminate the sales tax on data center equipment in Pennsylvania. With access to Tier 1 carriers like Arelion, Lumen, and Windstream, PA is the ideal location for an additional data center cluster sitting between markets like NJ/NY and Ashburn.” He added, “With 150 MW of power and 140 more MW being added during the build-out, abundant free cooling, no tornadoes or floods we have an unbeatable site.” GFLC is also working on a dedicated, sustainable power-generating facility on site, which would sell power to the project behind the meter.

Looking forward, 1547 Realty states that it will be meeting with existing customers to gather insights as it proceeds with development plans for the ideal build-to-suit data center design to create a hyperconnected campus. 1547 and GFLC offer their customers, partners and prospects the unique opportunity to develop under the new zoning and tax abatement programs passed in June 2021 which affects all new construction and development projects. All new data center and hyper-scale customers with benefit from the increased cost savings due to the new sales tax exemption on data center equipment.

For more information about 1547 visit www.1547realty.com.

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