Network equipment provider Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com) is planning to invest $184 million in building a new 140,000-square-foot data center in Allen, a Northen suburb of Dallas, according to a report by the Dallas News.
Located just west of North Central Expressway on Chelsea Boulevard, the data center is scheduled to be approve by the Allen City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.
Jennifer Grimm, director of business development with the Allen Economic Development called the win a "huge" accomplishment.
She said the division has been "working for several years to market" the area for data center builds.
Already two years in development, the data center project was brought to Allen with the help of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Grimm said the 140,000-square-foot data center is planned for future expansion for up to 350,000 square feet, with the project expected to begin later this year.
The city has already agreed to improve roads and other key infrastructure to the 34-acre site in Allen Commerce Center, and will also vote on providing property tax abatements for the project.
Cisco already has a large operation in several buildings at 2200 State Highway 190 in Richardson, just east of North Central Expressway, as well as an office in Irving.
In March, Cisco opened a new office and data center in the Persian Gulf's Bahrain.
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