Layoffs be damned, Yahoo needs more servers. Data Center Knowledge reports the company spent $14.8 million to buy a warehouse/office building in La Vista, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha. Paperwork suggests Yahoo is ready to put $100 million into the site. Here's the real-estate porn:
The property includes a 300,000 square foot existing structure on 24.3 acres of land, with approval to add a 38,000 square foot expansion. The building includes a three-story office area and a warehouse with a 35-foot ceiling. Tender Heart Treasures, which makes gifts and home decor products, will vacate the building in January when it moves to another location, according to the Omaha World-Herald. In August Yahoo applied for tax incentives under the Nebraska Super Advantage program, which requires a minimum investment of $100 million and the creation of at least 50 high-salary jobs paying a minimum average salary of $68,700. The filing revealed that the project would be in La Vista, a fast-growing Omaha suburb whose corporate residents include HP and eBay’s Paypal unit, which employs about 2,000 workers at a call center not far from the new Yahoo site. Omaha was recently named one of the most affordable U.S. cities to operate a data center by The Boyd Company, with an annual operating expense of $12.9 million, less than half the cost of operating a similar facility in New York.