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Data storage company gets site plan approval in Lower Providence


By Carl Rotenberg, crotenberg@21st-centurymedia.com

Friday, May 3, 2013

LOWER PROVIDENCE ­­— The final site plans for the three-story building that Xand Company occupies at 1000 Adams Ave. were approved by the Board of Supervisors Thursday night.
The data storage company purchased the former DBSi of Lower Providence in July 2012.
“Xand is in the business of building and managing data warehouses,” said Robert O’Donnell, an engineer for Robert E. Lamb Inc. “They have five data centers and this would be the sixth location.”
The 15-acre site already has an existing, three-story building with 66,052 square feet of space.
Xand will build a one-story, 9,291-square-foot building to house two emergency diesel generators and a commercial backup battery system called an “uninterruptible power supply” (UPS), said O’Donnell.
“The estimated cost of construction is $8.5 million,” said John Yanek, the vice president of facilities for Xand, “for infrastructure improvements including raised floors, air conditioning, wiring, transformers, UPS and electronic switch gear.”
The board granted several requested waivers from the subdivision ordinance to allow the construction project.
The waivers allowed the project to be reviewed as a minor planning review and to allow the detention basin to be built without a fence. The company will not be required to build storm sewers, concrete curbs or sidewalks on Rittenhouse Road, O’Donnell said.
Street lighting and landscaping along Adams Avenue will be deferred until a second phase of development begins.
Construction is expected to start in mid-May.
“We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Xand,” said township supervisors’ Chairman Richard Brown.
Twenty workers are employed at the building, Yanek said.
“I am very happy we got this approval,” said Yanek “This solidifies our position for staying here. We are investing $8.5 million in a location that allows us to provide more data center space.”
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Information from the Times Herald, www.timesherald.com