San Antonio: 160 acres sold to Microsoft for 1.2M-SF data centerSan Antonio: 160 acres sold to Microsoft for 1.2M-SF data centerhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=114572015-12-11T06:00:00Z2015-12-11T23:00:00Z

​​​​SAN ANTONIO - Microsoft Corp. has acquired 158 acres of Texas Research Park real estate controlled by the Texas Research & Technology Foundation (TRTF). 

TRTF officials said the company plans to develop one of the largest data centers in the country at the far West San Antonio site.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft plans to break ground in January 2016 on an eight-building data center development encompassing roughly 1.2 to 1.3 million sf, said TRTF President York Duncan.

Construction will consist of four phases stretched out over a five-year period. 

Work is expected to create as many as 900 construction jobs.

Duncan said that after Microsoft's purchase, there is still 450 acres available.​​

The plan, Dublin said, is to sell the balance of real estate over five years, if not sooner, and to create a perpetual fund to support early-stage companies.

Also check out Year in Review: San Antonio gains critical ground in biotech (slideshow)​ from the San Antonio Business Journal.

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