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Apple paid $1.7m for data center land

5 October 2010 1,748 views 2 Comments

There’s still some mystery surrounding the exact purpose of Apple’s still under construction $1-billion data center in North Carolina. However, the couple that owned about an acre of the land under the company’s massive server farm have put a price on their willingness to move.

Bloomberg reports that Apple paid Donnie and Kathy Fulbright $1.7-million for less than one-acre of land and their small, single-story home of 34 years. The Fullbrights originally paid $6,000 for the parcel.

“They told us to put a price on it and we did,” said Kathy Fulbright, 62 sitting in the living room of the home she and her husband built with the money. Their now 49-acre spread includes a 4,200-square-foot house with a Jacuzzi in the master bathroom, as well as a manmade pond stocked with bass and catfish.

Apple’s 500,000-square-foot North Carolina data center is expected to be fully operational by year’s end. Although specifics aren’t known, it’s believed that the company will serve movies, music, apps and television shows from the facility.

Whereas the Cupertino, California-based Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad maker has received $46-million in tax and other concessions, the facility is expected to generated $9.3-million in taxes for local government over 10 years, as well as other economic knock-on effects. The facility will generate 50 high-paying positions and as many as 250 service — security, cleaning, etc. — jobs for the rural community of Catawba County.

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