A golf course outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, is set to become a data center.

First reported by Fox9, the 160-acre Fountain Valley Golf Course in Farmington is being rezoned for commercial and industrial use for a data center development.

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Dakota County residents in the area are said to be refuting the data center proposal. Currently, there are no details on the potential specifications of the campus.

The issue will be discussed at a public hearing in front of the planning commission on May 14.

The site's current owners, Bryce and Carole Olson, told the publication that the out-of-state prospective buyers will try to save as many trees as possible, lower tax burdens for homeowners in the area, and reduce the number of vehicles.

The Olsons added that the unnamed buyer is also looking to purchase neighboring land owned by Farmington Schools.

The state of Minnesota proposed expanded tax breaks for data centers last month.

Minnesota has not traditionally had a large data center market; players including DataBank, Colognix, T5, and LightEdge have a presence around Minneapolis, while Stream has developed two facilities in nearby Chaska and Compass has a site in Shakopee.

A number of hyperscalers are now looking to develop in Minnesota on the fringes of Minneapolis. Meta is planning a campus in Rosemount and CloudHQ is planning a large campus near Chaska.

Microsoft is planning a campus in Becker and another unidentified company, operating under the name ‘Elk River Technologies,’ is also planning a $1 billion campus in Becker. Utility Xcel Energy recently closed a deal to sell land to Elk River.

Google had been looking to develop a campus in Becker, but backed away from the project in 2022.