Google confirmed Feb. 13 it plans to develop a $600 million data center in New Albany this year.

Last December, Google affiliate Montauk Innovations said it was considering the project in the New Albany International Business Park. Property records show the company has purchased 447 acres in Franklin and Licking counties for $54.5 million.

Google would not elaborate Feb. 13 on its plans for the site beyond a blog post released by Google CEO Sundar Pichai that notes an Ohio investment.

The project is among $13 billion in investments in data centers and offices Google plans this year, according to the company.

New Albany spokesman Scott McAfee confirmed the Ohio location is the data center proposed for the west side of Beech Road, south of the state Route 161 interchange.

“We’re very excited about their investment in New Albany, in the central Ohio region and the state of Ohio,” McAfee said.

Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer for Columbus 2020, the region’s economic-development arm, tweeted “@Cbusregion is proud to be a partner of one of world’s greatest enterprises.”

Google has received millions of dollars in state and local tax incentives for the project. State tax incentives alone have an estimated value of $43.5 million.

Google’s project is the latest in what has been a string of data centers for central Ohio.

Amazon has data centers in New Albany, Dublin and Hilliard, and Facebook is building a data center in New Albany, as well.

ThisWeek reporter Sarah Sole contributed to this story.

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New Albany leaders announced via social media Feb. 13 the $600 million data center a Google subsidiary has been planning in the New Albany International Business Park is official.

The data center would be on a 447-acre site on the west side of Beech Road, south of the state Route 161 interchange. 

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