Microsoft has bought more land outside Atlanta in Palmetto, Georgia.

Citing Fulton County property deeds, BizJournal reports Microsoft paid $6 million to acquire 20 acres of land next to its existing data center campus there.

The seller was the business entity, Hwy 81/20 LLC.

Microsoft purchased the land to support its ongoing data center construction, a spokesperson told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

In 2021, Microsoft announced plans for a cloud region in Georgia known as East US 3 – the current Palmetto site is supporting that region.

BJ noted Microsoft gained approval for the $420 million Palmetto data center project in 2020. The company plans to finish the project by 2028 when it could span up to 116 acres, according to previous filings with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

The company is developing sites on the outskirts of Atlanta, in East Point and Palmetto in Fulton County, and Douglasville, Douglas County.

The company acquired the land in Palmetto in late 2020, saying at the time it planned to plans to build a 250,000 square foot (23,225 square meter) data center.

Last year Microsoft acquired a 347-acre property in Rome, Georgia for a new data center campus. Rome is in northeast Georgia, close to the state border with Alabama, and around 70 miles from the state's existing data center hub in Atlanta.

According to a Microsoft community blog update, construction on the East Point site is set to restart this month. The company has changed the site plan, reducing the total number of buildings from three to two.

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