Battle Over Data Center in Newark Heats Up

Mar 12, 2014

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The battle over the proposed data center in Newark is expected to revolve around an off-the-grid power plant that would be built for the facility and whether those plant emissions would harm the local neighborhoods.

Legal briefs were filed with the Newark Board of Adjustment for a hearing next week on the city’s January zoning decision that allows for the gas-fired cogeneration plant on the former Chrysler site.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that attorneys for Newark and the Center both highlighted similar facilities with on-site cogeneration including one at the University of Princeton in New Jersey.

The lawyers also argued there was no data to suggest the center would harm the local neighborhood any more than other uses permitted there.