Construction on Facebook data center in DeKalb continues

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DEKALB, Ill. (WTVO) — Construction on DeKalb’s $800 million Facebook data center is underway, and city leaders are considering adding a ComEd substation to the property to accommodate energy demands.

The building will be located near Route 23. Some residents voiced concern over its proximity to the road, but the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission hopes to plant a berm to serve as a barrier between traffic.

The 900,000 square foot center will create hundreds of jobs. According to Facebook, the facility will run on 100% renewable energy.

Company executives chose DeKalb for its strong talent pool, connection to higher education institutions, and its solid infrastructure.

An earlier version of this report erroneously claimed that city leaders were considering approval of the data center itself.

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