Amazon Data Services could build as many as eight buildings – up to four each at two sites – in Hilliard, according to David Meadows, the city's economic-development director.

Hilliard City Council on Dec. 9 approved a tax-abatement agreement with Amazon Data Services that would provide the company with a 15-year, 100% property-tax abatement, Meadows said.

The agreement would apply to one or both sites should Amazon Data Services choose to build in Hilliard, he said.

Each building would create about 35 jobs and a $2.45 million payroll, Meadows said.

If all eight buildings were constructed, it would create 180 jobs and a $19.6 million payroll, he said.

The Hilliard school board also considered a resolution Dec. 9 that would require Amazon Data Services to compensate the school district $3.4 million per year during the term of the tax-abatement agreement if all eight buildings are constructed, Meadows said.

The school board approved the financial agreement with Amazon Data Services, said Stacie Raterman, director of communications for Hilliard City Schools.

The compensation would be contingent upon all the data-center buildings being constructed, she said.

"We are very excited about this opportunity for our community, although we do anticipate it will take a few years before we receive any compensation," Raterman said.

The proposed buildings would be in addition to the two data-center buildings Amazon already is operating at the southeast corner of Britton Parkway and Hayden Run Road. A third building is under construction at that site.

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