A new data center campus is being planned in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Wane.com reports an unnamed Fortune 100 company is planning a 772-acre campus between Fort Wayne and New Haven to the east in Allen County.
The application for ‘Project Zodiac’ is for a data center campus bounded by East Tillman Road, Adams Center Road, and railroad tracks.
Site plan documents suggest up to 12 buildings could be developed. Building specifications and overall site capacity are unclear at this time.
The publication says the land is a collection of farms and private and city-owned property with East Paulding Road running through the middle of it.
The developer is reportedly a Fortune 100 company that operates data center campuses globally.
“The City of Fort Wayne is aware of a primary development plan, rezoning petition and right of way application that was submitted to the Department of Planning Services,” John Perlich, director of public information at the City of Fort Wayne, told Wane.com. “We are aware and understand that a Fortune 100 technology company is proposing the development of a data center campus. I’m not in a position to provide any further comment at this time.”
Jonathan Leist, deputy executive director at the city’s Department of Redevelopment, is listed as the owner of 7301 Paulding Road which includes five land parcels. Except for the Indiana Michigan Power Company at 6701 Adams Center Road, the rest of the parcels in the filing are privately owned.
The majority of the land needs to be rezoned from agricultural to BTI (business, technology, and industrial park).
Fort Wayne is located in northeast Indiana, located northeast of Indianapolis, east of Chicago, and west of Columbus. It is not an area commonly associated with data center development - local operators Indiana Data Center, Lifeline, and SafeHouse operate facilities in the city.
Another Fortune 200 company – going under the Liames LLC moniker – is planning a large campus outside Toledo, Ohio, to the east of Fort Wayne.