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Amazon plans new data center in southern Dallas County

Online sales giant Amazon is building a data center in southern Dallas County.

At the end of last year, the Seattle-based e commerce firm purchased a more than 9-acre development site off Hampton Road south of Interstate 20 in DeSoto.

The vacant property was acquired by Amazon Data Services, the data center operator and online computing subsidiary of the big retailer.

At the time of the purchase, Amazon representatives would not talk about plans for the DeSoto site. “Amazon has a practice against commenting on our future roadmap,” an Amazon Web Services representative said in an email.

But now plans filed with the state show Amazon will build an almost 30,000 square-foot data center on the site.

The project will start early next year and is scheduled for completion in 2024.

Dallas-based architect HKS is designing the project.

Amazon’s Web Services division has a major presence in North Texas. It’s the biggest tenant in the Galleria Towers office buildings on LBJ Freeway near the Dallas North Tollway.

Amazon’s DeSoto project is just one of several new data centers on the way in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Aligned Data Centers just announced plans for a major expansion of its Plano campus.

The D-FW area has seen one of the biggest increases in demand for data center space this year. Leasing in North Texas has surpassed additions to the market, and multiple new projects are in the works.

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