Digital Realty Trust made a big, highly anticipated announcement this morning. They plan to build a giant new data center out in Chicago in the South Loop of the Chicago Central Business District.
In other words, it's right across the street from 350 E. Cermak, at 330 E. Cermak. 350 E. Cermak has been the king of the data center hill in Chicago for a long time, and Digital Realty's new location will serve as a giant annex. Spanning 660,000 square feet across 12 stories and featuring 54MW of power, we aren't talking about a small project here.
CenterPoint Properties is contributing the land and will be a joint venture partner in the project, while CBRE is already taking the product to market and has commenced pre-leasing space in it. They already have the permits and such in place to break ground and expect to be finished around 2 years after they do, but the timing of the project is still a bit fuzzy still.
What they really need, according to Data Center Knowledge, is a few big anchor tenants to reduce the project's risk.