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Metro Edge Development Partners plans a 21-megawatt data center in the Illinois Medical District

Metro Edge Plans Data Center in Illinois Medical District

Metro Edge Development Partners has executed a 75-year ground lease on a 1.97-acre parcel in the Illinois Medical District (IMD) that includes exclusivity to build and operate a high-performance data center. The locally based MWBE has begun planning and permitting for a 21-megawatt, five-story data center comprising approximately 191,000 square feet.  

“Metro Edge was founded with the intention of building data centers in underserved urban locations,” said Craig Huffman, CEO of Metro Edge. “These infill locations are typically overlooked by traditional institutional owners but offer a unique opportunity to facilitate meaningful change in a community with a thoughtful, integrated development.” 

The company is currently fielding numerous pre-leasing requests from firms who see the new data center as an opportunity to gain access proximity to healthcare, technology, education, and life science organizations within the IMD and downtown Chicago. 


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