Apple continues to expand Reno, Nevada data center

Apple data center, Reno, Nevada

In June, 2012, the city of Reno, Nevada, approved a deal with Apple that would see the company construct a data center in the area. Now, more than two years later, Apple is looking to continue its expansion of the site with a host of new buildings.

According to a report published by the Reno Gazette Journal on August 7, Apple is expanding the data center in Reno, Nevada, by adding new data center structures to the already growing cluster. The plans were shown off in building permits that were recently filed with Washoe County.

The data center itself was initially approved in 2012, and went live the following year. As of right now, Apple is in its second phase of development for the data center, and should be finished with that by the time summer wraps up. The third phase of expansion is said to kick off with these new buildings:

They just keep plugging along,” said Trevor Lloyd, senior planner for Washoe County. “Apple keeps submitting plans … and it looks like they’ll be expanding for a long time.

With these new plans, Apple will reportedly be bringing the total of buildings to nine, which includes 8 data center clusters, and an administrative building for good measure. The land itself offers 2,220 acres, which means that Apple will continue to have plenty of room to work with, even after the end of the third phase of expansion.

While that’s good news for Apple, the RGJ balances it out with a report that suggests Apple’s plans for a downtown facility are still hanging in limbo, with no sign that anything is moving forward for the company:

I haven’t heard anything and, as far as I know, no one in the city has heard anything,” said Bill Thomas, assistant city manager for Reno. “I’m not saying we won’t hear from them but it’s been silence on their end (as of now).

This particular area, which is described as a “business and purchasing center,” was actually included in the initial proposal that brought the data center to Reno in the first place, but has yet to gain any traction. If Apple wants to receive upwards of $89 million in tax breaks on the data center equipment used there (over the next decade), then the plan for the downtown facility has to be approved.

[via MacRumors; Reno Gazette Journal; image via Wired]