After several weeks of speculation, preliminary construction activity appears to be underway at the southeast corner of Britton Parkway and Hayden Run Road.

After several weeks of speculation, preliminary construction activity appears to be underway at the southeast corner of Britton Parkway and Hayden Run Road.

Crews with bulldozers and other construction vehicles last week began working at the 58-acre site, which was purchased recently by Amazon subsidiary Vadata, a developer of data centers.

A grading plan has been approved and current activity at the site, including erosion control and elevations for building pads, is related to it, according to public-services director Butch Seidle.

On March 17, city officials received a permit review for a "building 1" but no additional plans had been submitted as of Tuesday, March 24, according to Hilliard's building-department records.

To facilitate construction at the site, Hilliard City Council on Monday, March 23, approved an emergency ordinance that vacates land previously platted as rights of way for a proposed realignment of Hayden Run Road the city no longer needs, Seidle said.

The city would receive other property along Hayden Run Road in exchange, Seidle said.

"It will give (the developer) a sense of relief so construction can continue," Seidle said.

The ordinance identifies Vadata Inc. as the company city officials have been working with to build a data center at the site, though company executives have yet to officially announce their plans.

Records at Hilliard's building department list the owner/tenant of the parcel as ICSP of Wilmington, Del.

The company provided an address of 103 Foulk Road, Suite 202, in Wilmington, but no additional information, according to building-department records.

According to the Delaware Department of State's Division of Corporations, ICSP LLC is a limited-liability company that was incorporated Jan. 7, 2014. The registered agent, according to the division's website, is Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, Del.

About 35 other companies share the same Foulk Road address and suite, including those with addresses in Alabama, California, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas, according to the website Bizapedia.com.

In previous weeks, Hilliard's planning and zoning commission approved a reduction in minimum building setbacks for the site and City Council waived water- and sewer-capacity fees that would have totaled about $600,000, permit fees of about $612,000 and plan-review and inspection fees worth $168,000, all related to the construction of five proposed buildings at the site.

Hilliard, Dublin and Orange Township each have courted the Amazon subsidiary with economic-incentive packages but Vadata executives have not revealed their plans at the respective sites.

The Orange Township site requires rezoning before construction may begin and the Dublin site has had no apparent construction activity to date.