Data Center Development Growing in Clay County

A new data center appears to be taking shape in Clay County, reinforcing the area’s strength in that growing field. 

Google has purchased nearly 500 acres northeast of Highway 169 and I-435. Acquired in late 2023, it will house “Project Mica,” a data center campus.

The effort is reported to be managed by an affiliate of Google, AG Rose Solutions LLC, which purchased the property from Diode Ventures LLC, a subsidiary of Overland Park-based Black & Veatch. No timeline has been announced.

The Google project is not the only data center development in Clay County. Across Highway 169 to the west, Meta last year broke ground on a nearly one million-square-foot data center on 375 acres. Named Project Velvet, it will involve an investment of more than $800 million and create up to 100 jobs. Completion is expected this year. Meta is the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Google is also reported to be in development of a site near Worlds of Fun.

All these point to Kansas City’s ascendance as a major data center hub, with Clay County among the region’s leaders.

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