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CloudHQ is getting ready to push dirt – lots of it – in preparation for a data center project in Chaska.
The 1.5 million-square-foot project requires the installation of 30-foot berms on the northern and eastern sides of the 72-acre development site at 2007 Schoolmaster Drive, according to city staff reports. Washington, D.C.-based CloudHQ has applied for a conditional use permit to construct the northern portion of the berm, which will bring 350,000 cubic yards of soil.
“They have connections to construction sites that are getting rid of a lot of dirt, so they’re trying to take advantage of that,” said Chaska city planner Liz Hanson.
The city requires a conditional use permit for any excavation of fill material exceeding 2,000 cubic yards. CloudHQ’s request for a conditional use permit for the berm construction is up for approval at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting. Currently, the CloudHQ site consists of agricultural land and a single-family home.
Initial and final approval for the data center will be the subject of future applications. Hanson said CloudHQ has not informed the city when it plans to begin vertical construction.
“I think they’re still trying to finalize the details for the end user,” Hanson said. “They are still serious about the site. it [conditional use permit application] There is a sign of this. There is a lot of interest and seriousness in building a 1.5 million square foot data center, but that’s where they are working right now.”
Finance & Commerce reported in 2022 that CloudHQ’s data center will employ 75 to 100 people and create about 1,000 construction jobs.
“On top of that, … this facility is going to be a very high-value facility. And so you look at the property tax revenue opportunities that creates, that’s a positive thing,” Nate Cabot, Chaska’s community development director, said in August 2022.
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