Amazon subsidiary Vadata might be preparing to shift one-third of its known central Ohio data-center project from Delaware County to New Albany.

Amazon subsidiary Vadata might be preparing to shift one-third of its known central Ohio data-center project from Delaware County to New Albany.

An agenda for the Wednesday, May 13, meeting of New Albany City Council includes an incentive agreement for Vadata to construct a facility in the city's industrial park in western Licking County.

The resolution on the agenda would authorize City Manager Joseph Stefanov to sign an agreement for a 15-year, 100 percent property-tax abatement for the subsidiary of the online retail giant.

According to the legislative report, the abatement would be applied to 68 acres in New Albany's International Personal Care and Beauty Campus and would include a "150,000-square-foot data-center facility currently expected to involve an investment of around $300 million."

The first phase would include 25 employees with an estimated $2 million annual payroll and future project phases could extend into the next 25 years, according to the report.

New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee said he could not comment on the project but more information would be provided at the May 13 meeting.

Vadata previously has sought and received incentives to build data-center complexes in Dublin, Hilliard and Orange Township in southern Delaware County.

Construction is underway in Dublin and Hilliard, and the two communities last week were awarded grants from the Ohio Controlling Board for road projects associated with the data centers.

However, Vadata's request to rezone 74 acres at the corner of Home Road and U.S. Route 23 has been met with concerns from neighbors and Orange Township trustees.

Plans for the Orange Township site include the construction of five 150,000-square-foot data centers and the installation of 110 diesel generators.

It's not clear whether company executives have given up on their plans in Orange Township.

Township Trustee Lisa Knapp said Vadata's rezoning request -- tabled at an April 13 meeting -- is still on the May 20 agenda.

"They haven't contacted us and said they're dropping out or anything," she said.

Knapp said she heard about the possible plans in New Albany from media reports, not Vadata officials. She said company officials previously discussed seeking an alternative site for the project if its zoning request was not approved.

"It doesn't surprise me that they would have a backup plan," she said.

Delaware County spokeswoman Teri Morgan said county officials also had received no indication from Vadata that it is abandoning its plans in the township.

Vadata sought and was approved for a 15-year, 100 percent property-tax abatement from Delaware County last year to build a data-center complex in the township.

Knapp said she did not think township officials were being unreasonable by asking representatives of the project to investigate the best ways to mitigate noise and pollution at the site.

She said Vadata's projects likely advanced more quickly in Dublin and Hilliard because they are in largely industrial areas.

"It is a large-scale, industrial operation ... and it is a very intense use," she said.

The zoning at the U.S. Route 23 site allows for a mix of commercial and residential uses.

Neighbors on Home Road and in the Village at North Falls condominiums have raised concerns about the project's potential to significantly increase noise pollution and damage property values in the area.

Knapp said she has received little contact from state and regional economic-development officials about the project.

ThisWeek staff writer Lori Wince contributed to this story.