Digital Realty plans 13-storey data centre in Downtown LA

The site would replace a parking garage destined for demolition and contribute to the area’s need for digital services infrastructure

A 1960s parking garage in Downtown Los Angeles could be cleared for a new data centre.

An affiliate of Digital Realty has filed plans to build a 13-story data centre at 727 S Grand Avenue, adjacent to one of the company's existing sites and just a block from One Wilshire.

One Wiltshire, from 2013, was one of the top three telecommunications centres in the world and by 2015 was "the most highly connected Internet point in the western U.S." with submarine communications cables allowing "one-third of Internet traffic from the U.S. to Asia [to pass] through the building."

Plans to bring more data centre capacity to LA

The parking garage will be demolished to make way for the new data centre, with the planning application for the new site filed by GIP 7th Street, which lists a business address at a Digital Realty building in San Francisco. 

If plans are approved, the site will be part of plans to bring more data centre capacity into Los Angeles. The area is seeing strong demand for digital services to support the entertainment and gaming sector.

The new 13-storey Digital Realty data centre - estimated at just over 279ft - could cover 485,892sq ft, with about half dedicated to technical space and the remainder for mechanical and electrical infrastructure and parking.

Digital Realty has not commented on the project.

The company has more than 300 data centres worldwide, with locations in the Americas, EMEA and APAC.


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