Orange Township trustees again have pressed the pause button ahead of a decision on rezoning a 74-acre site at the corner of U.S. Route 23 and Home Road for a proposed data-center complex.

Orange Township trustees again have pressed the pause button ahead of a decision on rezoning a 74-acre site at the corner of U.S. Route 23 and Home Road for a proposed data-center complex.

The board of trustees voted unanimously Monday, April 13, to table the rezoning request until 7 p.m. May 20. The board took that action at the request of architect Mark Ford, who said he was representing the possible "end user" of the site.

The board previously tabled the request March 18 after trustees expressed concerns about the development.

While the data center's potential operator has not been announced publicly, evidence points to it being Vadata, a subsidiary of online retail giant Amazon.

At previous township meetings, the site's neighbors have raised concerns that largely centered on the noise that would be created by the complex's operation. The proposal features five 150,000-square-foot data-center buildings and more than 100 diesel generators that would need to be tested on a weekly basis.

Trustee Lisa Knapp said she hoped the project's designers would address residents' and trustees' concerns about the site's appearance and potential for pollution, in addition to the noise.

Ford said the team of consultants representing the project needed additional time to study and "adequately address" comments and concerns from township officials and residents.

Vadata sought and received a 15-year, 100 percent property-tax abatement to build a data center within Orange Township from the Delaware County Board of Commissioners last fall. The company also owns property in Dublin and Hilliard, where similar operations are planned.

The property in Orange Township currently is owned by Home High LLC, which is listed as the applicant for the rezoning request in township records.