Seattle-based Sabey Data Centers broke ground on its first Texas location July 20.

SDC will construct its data center on property formerly occupied by a Sears call center. Once completed, the facility's operation will bring 20 primary jobs to the area. In return, as part of an economic development agreement approved by Round Rock City Council in February, the city will pay out a total of $1 million in incentives broken into two separate payments. This incentive will reimburse SDC for half of its demolition costs.

SDC President Robert Rockwood said the company thanked the city for allowing the data center to be built in Round Rock. The council approved a rezoning request for the property at 1300 Louis Henna Blvd. in April, allowing the land to be used for the construction of a data center.

"What we see is tremendous opportunity to bring what we do best to a community that can work with us to make it even better," Rockwood said.

The data center company will also make a total of $185 million in real property improvements and invest $5 million in business personal property. Site plans show a total of two buildings housing data storage will be built on the property.

This is the second data center to select Round Rock as its new home in the past year. Site work began on the Switch data center adjacent to Dell Technologies property in March.

John Sabey, CEO of SDC's parent company, Sabey Corp, shared some deciding factors for the selection of Round Rock as the home of its newest data center.

"We selected this location because of the cooperation, vision and the promise that we saw in the city of Round Rock and the men and women who made that city work," Sabey said. "Thank you so much to Round Rock for, for bringing us here and for giving us this opportunity."

The 535,000-square-foot project joins the company's five existing data centers in Ashburn, Virginia; New York City; and Quincy, Wenatchee and Seattle, Washington.