Historic vacant building could become major data center


YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — A historic vacant building is one step closer to becoming the home of a major data center.

The old York County Prison on Chestnut Street has been vacant for 40 years. United Fiber and Data wants to transform it into a data center.

Several waivers for the project were approved Tuesday evening by the city council. They were needed in order for the project to move forward.

Mayor Michael Helfrich said within 10 years of development, the data center could provide more than $1 million in taxes to the city.

“We’re very excited to see this develop out. It’ll bring a lot of tax dollars to the kids in the school district and to the city of York, and possibly attract businesses that need that kind of large data storage,” Helfrich said.

The council will need to vote to approve final land development plans before the project can fully get underway.

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