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Massive Northland Data Project Planned

July 2020

Clay and Platte counties may share a massive data storage project that will dramatically change Kansas City’s presence in national, even global technological markets.

Named the Golden Plains Technology Park, the massive, nearly 1,000 acre development will house a multi-billion-dollar data center complex north of I-435 between Highway 169 on the east and Highway 291 on the southwest.

Recently approved by Kansas City planning officials, the proposal is scheduled to go before the City Council later this month. If approved, the Park is projects as a three-phase effort through 2036.

The effort is the brainchild of a subsidiary of Overland Park-based Black & Veatch, Diode Ventures. The proposal calls for 13 data center buildings. Each of the three phases is projects to cost from $1.6 billion to $2 billion and total up to 6.75 million square feet.

The complex would provide cloud services for a wide range of technology companies. Each of the of the 13 data center buildings is expected to require a core team of approximately 30 high-paid employees. Additional support staff would be needed for security, maintenance and landscaping.

EDC Member Olsson & Associations is providing engineering services for the project while BNIM is the architect.

For additional information, see this article in the Kansas City Business Journal.

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