Apple Inc. has dropped a big suggestion about its ideas for a large-scale data center in Central
Oregon, submitting its master plan for the facility to the city of Prineville. The plan shows two
buildings with more than 500,000 square feet of what are described as “data halls,” “They really
didn’t say how long they are looking at,” Prineville senior planner Joshua Smith said.
Apple already is building a 10,000-square-foot data center on the Prineville property it bought
in February, but city officials have been expecting a bigger development. With office space,
loading docks and parking lots, the new Apple facility is expected to cover about 107 acres. The
property is 160 acres.
The Prineville plan also calls for Apple to help increase capacity in the city water system.
Prineville’s wells are known for low flows, but the city recently discovered a new water source
an underground stream.
“We will be converting those to production wells, with Apple’s help, and we will reimburse
them over time,” Prineville City Manager Steve Forrester said. “It will give them the water they
need, and it gives us … more capacity than they are consuming. It strengthens our core system.
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