NFR unveils $1.5 billion Niagara digital campus

Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) has unveiled Urbacon’s site plan for Phase I of the Niagara Digital Campus, a state-of-the-art $1.5 billion data centre and technology centre in the City of Niagara Falls, NY.

The site plan was prepared by Urbacon, the Toronto-based developer and operator of state-of-the-art data centres and shows how the first 50 MW of the proposed 135 MW project would fit on the parcel of land commonly known as “Parcel 0.” The plan also shows the location of an electric substation that NFR and Urbacon will build at the site to provide power to the data centre and materially improve the downtown Niagara Falls electric grid.

Phase I of the Niagara Digital Campus would be built in two parts (Phase IA and Phase IB) over the course of approximately 24 months from groundbreaking. Phase I would be home to approximately 282,000 of the 600,000 square feet of data centre space envisioned for the project.

After much consideration, Urbacon has determined Parcel 0 is the only site that will work for the first phase of the Niagara Digital Campus. Parcel 0 is the only site that is shovel-ready, with access to power and other infrastructure necessary to support this initial phase of the Niagara Digital Campus. Once the City rescinds eminent domain and project approvals are secured, Phase I will be underway and setting the stage for the creation of critical mass and economic activity essential to support the site preparation work required for other phases of the development.

The Niagara Digital Campus will be energy efficient, low noise and blend seamlessly with the surrounding area. It will be among the largest data-centre developments in Western New York and is expected to serve as a magnet for additional high-technology jobs and opportunity in the region.

“We are pleased to present this plan for the Niagara Digital Campus, which we believe will jumpstart a tech revolution in the City of Niagara Falls,” said Roger Trevino of NFR. “Working with Urbacon, we have a rare opportunity to bring jobs and opportunity to the residents of Niagara Falls, the types of jobs that can change lives and foster high-technology infrastructure that will benefit the City of Niagara Falls for generations.”

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