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Developer KDC starting Richardson data center project

Posted by Natalie Steinwand on November 26, 2018
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Construction is starting on a Richardson data center project that’s been in the works for several months.

Dallas-based developer KDC is building the 130,000-square-foot tech project on Lookout Drive just east of Plano Road. The project is south of KDC’s $2 billion CityLine development.

KDC bought the site from State Farm to build the project. State Farm has a data center next door that KDC also developed.

“This project is our fifth ground-up data center development in Richardson,” Ab Atkins, KDC senior vice president-partner, said in a statement. “This greenfield data center project is located in a proven data center site and is adjacent to a large financial enterprise data center we previously developed.

“It contains an on-site electrical substation that is owned and maintained by Oncor.”

KDC filed plans for the project with Richardson earlier this year.

The property is part of the historic Spring Creek Farms previously owned by the Owens family. Alliance Architects is designing the project.

The new data center at 1510 E. Lookout Drive will be completed next summer.

The city provided a 10-year, 50 percent tax abatement for the project.

“We are pleased to see continued, significant investments like this in our telecom corridor area,” said Mayor Paul Voelker. “Richardson’s legacy as a location for telecommunications innovation has created the vital infrastructure needed to support data center development and other cloud-computing endeavors.

“We will continue to support such planned developments that bring clean high-tech projects to our community.”

North Texas is one of the country’s top data center locations, with new projects in the works throughout.

KDC is the largest office developer in Dallas-Fort Worth. The firm has built office campuses for State Farm, Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and other large local employers.

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