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East Point, Georgia datacenter project update

Overview of Microsoft’s East Point campus 

Microsoft is building a datacenter campus in East Point. The work going on now is the first phase of development, which includes one datacenter building, a power substation, fencing, support facilities, and landscaping. The first datacenter is expected to be operational by 2025. The timing of the other datacenter buildings will be driven by customer demand for Microsoft cloud services. 

 Below you’ll find past project updates 

January 4, 2023 

On December 14, 2022, the City of East Point hosted Microsoft for a third community meeting on the datacenter project.  

During the meeting, Microsoft gave a progress update on how we’re working to address community feedback from the September 2022 community meeting. Specifically, Microsoft shared how we’re addressing construction dust, and presented an initial plan to address community feedback on the substation location. In addition, Microsoft provided a third-party expert to respond to questions on health.  

Microsoft appreciates the ongoing engagement with the East Point community. The project team is reflecting on the community’s feedback relating to the substation location, noise, lighting, screening, and community benefits.  

 Microsoft is working with the City of East Point on options for moving the substation and emergency entrance. We will provide the community with updates as we know more. 

September 30, 2022

On September 26, the City of East Point hosted Microsoft for a second community meeting on the datacenter project. Microsoft appreciates the opportunity to engage with East Point residents, share responses to their questions from the first community meeting, show images of the datacenter site, and answer questions.

The project team is reflecting on the community’s feedback on the substation, traffic, community benefits, and construction activities. We are working to address the questions and feedback from the meeting and will provide the community with updates.

Sharing resources

During the meeting, community members requested links to the individual images of the datacenter facilities and a datacenter tour. These images are provided below.

View of fully built-out datacenter campus and nearby properties
View of primary datacenter entrance at day one and with mature trees
View of substation on Ben Hill Road at day one and with mature trees
Alternate view of substation on Ben Hill Road at day one and with mature trees

Additional links

Virtual tour of datacenter We Live in the Cloud

For questions about the project, please email us at eastpointdc@microsoft.com


September 16, 2022

Microsoft appreciates the community’s interest, feedback, and questions about our East Point datacenter. We want to share the plan to address your feedback at a second community meeting on September 26 and provide an update on our current permitted construction activities.

We’re listening and working to address your feedback

Since our meeting on August 22, we’ve been working to answer your questions about the substation, site screening, and community benefits. We are working to provide more detailed answers, show drawings of the substation, and share proposed mitigations at the September 26 community meeting.

Based on your questions and feedback, we’ve already made some changes.

Extended the timeline for responding to the blasting survey request

We extended our survey timeline to allow neighbors more time to respond. If your property is within 1,500 feet of the construction site and you’ve not yet responded to the survey request sent via certified mail, please call 205-631-4867 to schedule a survey.

Additional construction entrance

The current construction entrance is located on Ben Hill Road just north of Somerled Trail and we are working to complete the northern Ben Hill Road entrance (see map). The new entrance will serve as the primary construction entrance for the site office and work activities on the northern portion of the site. Once the northern entrance is complete, the southern entrance will see reduced traffic and will be used to support deliveries and work that cannot be accessed from the other entrance.

Communication

We understand you want to know what to expect with construction. This notice is a start and as information becomes available, you can find updates at local.microsoft.com/eastpoint 

Save the date for the community meeting on September 26

City of East Point and Microsoft will host an additional community meeting the evening of Monday, September 26. At this meeting, we’ll provide an update, address your questions, and show drawings of the substation. Look for more details next week.

Update on project activities

The first phase of construction is underway with site preparation activities. The following activities are ongoing and have been permitted by the City of East Point. We anticipate site preparation work to be completed by December 2022.

        • Develop site access
        • Delivery of equipment and materials
        • Site preparation, including removal of vegetation, rocks, and existing telephone/power poles
        • Site grading (e.g., flattening of the site)

The construction work hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with no work on holidays. Safety is a top priority, so there are safety officers onsite and daily safety briefings. When there is a need for traffic control, we use a traffic marshal to ensure the safety of the community and keep traffic moving. Additionally, our team is applying standard best practices to mitigate dust and debris and have contracted a street sweeper to make sure we aren’t leaving any dirt or gravel on the roadways.  Further, we have a water truck on site to keep dust down.

Microsoft continues to work with the City of East Point to coordinate permitting for subsequent efforts, including blasting work for rock removal. We appreciate your patience as our construction crews work to safely construct this new datacenter. We will provide additional construction updates for subsequent phases.

For questions about the project, please contact eastpointdc@microsoft.com.