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Great River Energy Featured Data Center Sites

Our assessments are based on a detailed list of criteria, developed with the help of Deloitte Consulting’s Real Estate and Location Strategy Practice, a partner that has tremendous experience assisting data center clients in their site selection process.

Northport Industrial Park – North Mankato, MN

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The site at Northport Industrial Park is comprised 2 parcels of land totaling 25 acres, with room for expansion to the West of the property. Utility and Fiber infrastructure relevant to data center use all currently in place proximate to the site. The Mankato-North Mankato MSA has a population of nearly 100,000 and is home to five higher education institutions with a combined annual enrollment of 26,000.

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Benton County - St. Cloud, MN

The Benton County site offers 121 acres for development 1 mile south of MN Highway 23 and 2 miles north east of the St. Cloud Regional Airport with multiple fiber optics providers offering available infrastructure within a mile of the site. The site is partially flat with no known impediments to development. The site is owned by Great River Energy. Site has 450+MW available with transmission and distribution substations on site.

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8th Avenue – I 94 Business Park, St. Cloud, MN

The 8th Avenue site offers 23 acres of development immediately adjacent to I-94 with multiple fiber optics providers offering available infrastructure within a mile of the site. The site is flat with no known impediments to development, however, confirmation is needed through formal studies for geotechnical, wetlands and Phase I environmental review. The site consists of four parcels, owned by the Economic Development Authority of St. Cloud.

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County Road 75 – I 94 Business Park, St. Cloud, MN

The County Rd. 75 site offers 80 acres for development ½ south of I-94 interchange with multiple fiber optics providers offering available infrastructure within a mile of the site. The site is flat with no known impediments to development. The site is owned by the Economic Development Authority of St. Cloud. Site has 5MW available with additional capacity available via upgrades to nearby substation.

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White Bear Township North – White Bear Township, MN

The site at Centerville Rd. is comprised of 3 parcels totaling 41.8 acres, bordered by I-35 on the east and Centerville Rd on the west. Utility and Fiber infrastructure relevant to a data center are all adjacent to the site. The site is relatively flat, but exhibits many small wetlands throughout. The Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA has a population of nearly 3,500,000 and is home to 157 higher education institutions with a combined annual
enrollment of approx. 200,000. 

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Interstate South Logistics Park – Lakeville, MN

The Interstate South Logistics Park in Lakeville offers roughly 125 acres of development-ready land within a premier south metro suburb of the Twin Cities. Utility and Fiber infrastructure relevant to a data center are all adjacent to the site. The site is located 3 miles east of Interstate 35 at the intersection of 215th Street and Dodd Boulevard.

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Lakeville Commerce Center – Lakeville, MN

The Lakeville Commerce Center site in Lakeville is roughly 19 acres however due to the presence of wetlands across the southern portion of the site, it is estimated that perhaps12 acres of developable area exists. Utility and Fiber infrastructure relevant to a data center are all in close proximity to the site. The site is located 1,500 feet west of Interstate 35 at County Road 70.click here for info sheet

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Cannon Falls Industrial Park West – Cannon Falls, MN

The site in Cannon Falls is just over 20 acres of flat, development-ready land with lots of room for expansion –nearly 100 acres to the north and east. Utility and Fiber infrastructure relevant to a data center are all proximate  to the site. The City of Cannon Falls is conveniently located on Highway 52 between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Rochester in Southeastern Minnesota.

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Learn more about Great River Energy’s Data Center Site Assessment Program

Minimum requirements

Requirement Minimum
Proposed Site Identification / Delineation Proposed property must be a greenfield site of at least 20 acres in size, as demonstrated by an ALTA survey conducted within the past 5 years. 
Absence of Floodplain No part of the site may be located in (or directly adjacent to) a flood plain
Absence of Unavoidable/Unmitigable Wetlands

 

The proposed site must comprise at least 20 contiguous acres that are developable and not affected by known wetlands; or, approved wetland mitigation plans that would allow for development of at least 20 contiguous acres of land on the site must be submitted to supplement the RFI response
Easements / Contracts  Site must not be intersected by a utility easement or any other kind of easement, right-of-way, mineral rights or any other land right contract that could impact development of a minimum of 20 contiguous acres for building pads
Man-made Hazard Site must be at least 1 mile away from the nearest rail line
Site must not be located in a flight path
No chemical plants within 1 mile of the proposed site
No nuclear plant within 10 miles of the proposed site
Electric Power Infrastructure Site must be within 2 miles or less of an existing electric transmission line (100kV or greater); Or alternatively, the site must be no more than 3 miles from two separate substations, each with at least 10MW of available capacity that could potentially be dedicated to the site
Fiber Optic connectivity and surrounding infrastructure At least 2 fiber service providers must have existing fiber infrastructure in place within 5 miles of the site
Commercial Airport Proximity  Site must be within 100 miles of an airport with commercial service
Environmental Assessment  Site must have had a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment conducted by a certified professional within the past 5 years, indicating that there are no known environmental impediments to industrial development of the site
Geotechnical Study  Site must have had a Geotechnical Study conducted by a certified professional, comprising a minimum of 10 soil borings and indicating no presence of sink holes or limestone caves and suitable building conditions (including water content / water table depth)
Archaeological / Historical Study Site must have had an Archaeological / Historical Study conducted by a certified professional, indicating that there are no known Archaeological/Historical impediments to industrial development of the site
Endangered Species Study  Site must have had an Endangered Species Study conducted by a certified professional within the past 5 years, indicating that there are no known impediments to industrial development of the site related to Endangered Species 

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