Yahoo is expected to share its plans for expanding its Town of Lockport data center at a special meeting of the Lockport Industrial Development Agency’s board of directors on Thursday.
An expansion of the data center has been anticipated since Yahoo acquired about 13 additional acres of land in the town’s industrial park last year.
“We’ve not received a formal application yet” related to the project, David R. Kinyon, the Lockport IDA’s executive director, said on Monday.
Kinyon said he did not yet know specifics, such as the size of the planned expansion or the number of new jobs that would be created. The special meeting will give the IDA board an opportunity to review the details of Yahoo’s application for financial assistance, he said.
The California-based technology company opened its data center in 2010 and currently employs 77 people at the site.
A Yahoo press representative said the company did not have a comment on its new application.
Yahoo’s Lockport data center was a highly publicized project when it was announced in 2009. Supporters said securing the data center helped bolster the region’s appeal for attracting businesses, but the deal was criticized in some corners for the large amount of incentives awarded in comparison to the number of new jobs created.
The Lockport IDA meeting is set for 8 a.m. Thursday at the IDA conference room at the town offices, 6560 Dysinger Road, Lockport.