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September 11, 2013

Hearing to be held on Yahoo plan

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A public hearing will be held next week on the site plan for Yahoo’s expansion in the Town of Lockport.

The hearing is slated for 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the town hall on Dysinger Road. Planning board members won’t be able to vote on the site plan until it is approved by the Niagara County Planning Board, which meets Monday.

Paul Bonaro, data center facilities director for Yahoo, told the board Tuesday afternoon the second Yahoo project will be built in two parts. Both will adjoin the current Yahoo data center complex at the corner of IDA Park Drive and Junction Road in the town industrial park.

Part one will include a computer “pod” building and half of the central core operations building. Construction is expected to start in December – assuming the project is approved by town and county planning boards – and is expected to take about 12 months, Bonaro said. A general contractor is expected to be chosen by Yahoo by the end of the month.

Although twice the size, the new pod would be like the current buildings on the Yahoo site, complete with the company’s “chicken coop” design cooling system. The coop will use the cool outdoor air to cool the servers in an energy efficient way.

The central core operations building will house the 24-hour customer care call center. Part two of the expansion will include the second half of the operations building and a second computer pod, to be constructed at a future date, Bonaro said.

Construction on the first phase of the project will include all the utilities and emergency generators needed for both halves, he added. The total size of both projects is to be 245,000 square feet, with 165,000 square feet for the first part. All three buildings will be in the north east corner of the Yahoo property.

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