During an April 14 council meeting, city officials rezoned just under 40 acres in Round Rock to allow for a data center to be built where a former Sears building now stands.

Sabey Data Centers entered into an economic development agreement with the city of Round Rock in February. As part of the agreement, SDC will demolish the existing structure and construct its data center on the property.

The agreement stipulates SDC must bring 20 primary jobs to the city over the course of five years and make $185 million in real property improvements. SDC will also invest $5 million in business personal property at its 1300 Louis Henna Blvd. office.

Responding to concerns from Place 6 Council Member Hilda Montgomery during the April 12 packet briefing, Planning and Development Services Director Brad Wiseman said SDC also plans to construct an electrical substation.

“The additional electrical capacity is needed for the general area, but also for the data center,” Wiseman said. “I think that solves two issues from the electrical standpoint.”

Site plans for the data center state that up to two separate buildings may be built at maximum heights of 110 feet. The plans also include a right-of-way reservation for an extension of Bryant Drive to connect the two existing parts of that roadway.