New Albany is poised to benefit after recent reports indicate Vadata's data-center plans for Orange Township in southern Delaware County will be abandoned.

New Albany is poised to benefit after recent reports indicate Vadata's data-center plans for Orange Township in southern Delaware County will be abandoned.

Although Orange Township trustees were scheduled to meet Wednesday, May 20, to discuss a rezoning request for the Vadata project, Trustee Lisa Knapp said, the company's efforts in the township likely are over.

"The township has been notified that Vadata is no longer going to be purchasing the property," she said.

Columbus-based Ford and Associates Architects, a local representative for the data-center project, sent the township a May 15 letter that said the zoning request was withdrawn.

Meanwhile, New Albany City Council on May 13 voted 5-0, with Chip Fellows and Mike Mott absent, to approve incentives for Vadata, an Amazon subsidiary that builds data centers.

The approved resolution authorizes Joseph Stefanov, the city manager, to sign an agreement for a 15-year, 100 percent property-tax abatement with Vadata.

Jennifer Chrysler, the city's community-development director, said the potential project would include an initial 150,000-square-foot building on 68 acres north of state Route 161 and east of Beech Road in New Albany's International Personal Care and Beauty Campus.

The land northeast of state Route 161 and Beech Road is owned by MBJ Holdings, which is affiliated with the New Albany Co., and the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, according to the Licking County auditor's website.

MBJ owns almost 22 acres at the northeast corner and the port authority owns three parcels of 150 acres, 49 acres and 22 acres east of the corner.

Chrysler said Vadata would be expected to invest $300 million in the site and create 25 jobs.

City Council's legislative report estimated the company would generate a $2 million annual payroll and future project phases could extend into the next 25 years.

No City Council members asked questions about the project; Chrysler said she could not provide any additional information on the company and declined to comment after the meeting.

New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee said the city has confidentiality agreements that prevent local leaders from speaking about the project.

McAfee said May 15 he could not answer any more questions.

No other legislation related to Vadata was on the agenda for New Albany City Council's regular meeting May 19.

Confidentiality agreements also have prevented other officials from talking about data-center projects in their communities.

Vadata previously received state and local incentives to build data-center complexes in Dublin, Hilliard and Orange Township.

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

In Hilliard, cranes could be observed erecting the framework of a building over the past few weeks.

The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission on May 14 signed off on a final-plat application that included the dedication of utility easements and right of way required for improvements to Hayden Run Road and Britton Parkway.

Dublin's project is not quite as far along, but construction activity has been evident at the site in the city's West Innovation District.

From the outset, the Orange Township proposal generated concerns from neighbors and trustees.

A firm known as Home High LLC requested the Orange Township trustees rezone 74 acres at U.S. Route 23 and Home Road to allow for the construction of up to five 150,000-square-foot data-center facilities.

Knapp said the complex as designed was not appropriate for a scenic area in the township near residential properties.

"It's a massive industrial complex, and I don't think people understood how big it was," she said.

ThisWeek reporters Kevin Corvo, Thomas Gallick and Jennifer Noblit contributed to this story.