Dover mayor wants data center project

By Tom Lehman 12:35am, July 22, 2014 - Updated 8:23am, July 22, 2014
A $1 billion project to build a data center and gas-fired power plant that was nixed by the University of Delaware this month might receive a warmer reception in Dover.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.

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As long as the builders follow environmental regulations, Mayor Robin Christensen told NBC 10 he's in favor of bringing the controversial project to Dover.

UD halted the proposal earlier this month and terminated its lease agreement with The Data Centers LLC, after a faculty working group said the company's plan didn't fit the school's sustainability goals.

"If this is something that's going to incubate more business and more jobs and more people coming to live in the city of Dover, I'm in favor of it," he said.

The data center would have been located in Newark at the location of the former Chrysler automotive plant. That site is now called the Science Technology and Advanced Research campus.

Representatives from The Data Centers LLC, a company from West Chester, Pennsylvania that planned to build the project, could not be reached for comment by NBC 10.

The mayor also felt Newark residents unfairly opposed the plan, drew strong opposition from a large group of residents over noise and pollution concerns.

"It's kind of a shame that they really didn't think it through. I don't think they did, but I guarantee you we here in Dover will think it through because we're in business to do business," he said.

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A spokesperson for Governor Jack Markell, who supported the project, said he was still interested in bringing a data center to Delaware so long as it met environmental guidelines.


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