Earlier in the week we learnt that Apple were planning an expansion of their Reno data center but plans had yet to be confirmed by the city’s council. These plans were officially confirmed yesterday, detailing that the expansion will cost up to $1 billion and include an investment in a shipping and receiving warehouse on the site.
The lot, which sits on the corner of Evans Avenue and Fifth Street in downtown Reno, will be the site of the warehouse and this alone will cost $4 million, allowing it to cut the sales tax rate they pay on equipment by 0.5%. The Reno Gazette Journal reported that this investment will create “hundreds of jobs in construction and operation.”
The current data center, Project Mills, was first built back in 2012 and over the years this has seen numerous expansions. At present, it contains 14 buildings over 412,000 square feet of space and it is responsible for a number of Apple’s services including iCloud, iTunes, and the App store.
It’s unclear what this next expansion will involve but what we do know is that Apple are planning to include branding on the warehouse in an attempt to appease the City Council.