EdgeConneX CEO Randy Brouckman

A new data center development is coming to Mesa in the Elliot Road Tech Corridor on a long-dormant parcel of land once slated to become a regional shopping and employment center.

EdgeConneX, a global technology company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, plans to build a data center on over 150 acres of land on Elliot Road just west of Loop 202 that it owns through an entity called Loop 202 & Elliot Road LLC.

The facility will be EdgeConnex’s second East Valley location, as the company already operates a 79,200-square-foot data center in Tempe.

According to a project narrative on record with the city of Mesa, EdgeConneX plans to develop a 30-megawatt data center with two data hall buildings connected by a central office area for security, operations, loading and storage.

That narrative was created by Burr Computer Environments, a Houston-based design firm for data centers.

“I couldn’t be more excited to see EdgeConneX invest in Mesa,” Mesa Councilman Kevin Thompson said via email. “With an almost $40 million investment in land alone, they are serious contenders in Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor.”

He added, “With the abundance of land, a vision for technology and innovation, unsurpassed investment in infrastructure, and an educated workforce, it’s no surprise that companies are making Mesa their home.”

Prior to EdgeConnex’ acquisition of the land, the parcel was designated to be the site of Gateway Super Regional Center, a planned retail and employment hub for East Mesa. Those plans date back to 2007 when Mesa signed a development agreement with NKS Group III Limited Partnership to build the center.

Those plans fell through, however, and the land sat dormant for years until Mesa terminated the agreement in September in order to clear the way for the EdgeConneX project.

In November, the city of Mesa agreed to a development agreement with Loop 202 & Elliot Road Parcel #2 LLC – an entity operated by EdgeConneX CEO Randy Brouckman and COO Edmund Wilson – concerning over 121 acres of the property.

That agreement allowed the entity to opt into the Elliot Road Technology Corridor Light Industrial Planned Area Development Overlay, a program approved by the City Council in 2014 in order to attract technology projects to the area.

The overlay can benefit developments by increasing site plan flexibility, streamlining the development process and reducing entitlement time from roughly six months to six weeks for applicable projects.

The city previously agreed to a similar development agreement with Loop 202 & Elliot Road LLC in September concerning another 48 acres owned by EdgeConneX.

The project is the most recent win for Mesa’s still-developing Elliot Road Technology Corridor and the first major development for the area since it attracted a data center from DuPont Fabros and bottling plant from Niagara Bottling last summer.  

“I’m excited to see what the future will bring, but if the past three years are any indication, Mesa will be a contender on the national stage for employment opportunities,” Thompson said.

– Reach Wayne Schutsky at 480-898-6533 or wschutsky@timespublications.com.

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