Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that Facebook Inc. will build a 970,000-sqare foot data center in the White Oak Technology Park located in Henrico County.
The park is about four miles from the Richmond Airport and was originally built in 1996 for a $1.5 billion joint venture by Motorola and Siemens. It has been vacant since 2009.
Construction will be in three phases, starting with the data center, and later may include up to five building in total. The project is expected to create about 1,700 construction jobs.
While courting Facebook, Henrico County lowered its tax rate 85 percent, from $3.50 per $100 of assessed value to just 40 cents per $100 on computers and equipment related to data center operations.
It also gave Facebook an $850,000 sewer connection credit on a total fee that would be upward of $2 million. Facebook will become one of the top taxpayers in the county and one of its top water users. Facebook will receive about $19 million in state tax exemptions through 2035, according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Virginia already has more than 650 data centers
The new Facebook center is projected to be operational in 2019 and bring 100 jobs.