Minnesota developer plans to build $38.4M data center for mystery client in Hickory Hill

A developer has filed a building permit to construct a data center in Hickory Hill for a mystery client.

Minnesota developer plans to build $38.4M data center for mystery client in Hickory Hill

A Minnesota developer filed a building permit worth $38,4 million at the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development for the construction of a datacenter at 3900 S. Mendenhall Road.

Oppidan Investment Co. has filed documents to do site development and build a project which has been in progress for several months. According to the permit, the project was the first phase of five in an overall development.

The permit covers the construction of an one-story data center measuring 99,000 square feet. According to the permit, "the building scope includes admin areas, data rooms, mechanical, electric, and battery room." The site development includes parking areas, a detention pond and generator yard.

According to the permit, the future phases of construction would be filed in a separate package.

The alteration permit lacks specifics. However, a site plan administrative filed in November 2022 for the project provides more information. It seems straightforward, but it may not be a major job creator with only 22 parking spots devoted to the location.

Oppidan's executive said that the company will be launching its first Memphis area project with the data center at Mendenhall and Sharp Plaza Boulevard.

As Oppidan continues to expand its presence in the United States, developing mission-critical facility across the nation, we are thrilled to enter the Memphis Community. Oppidan, along with our project partners, are investing a large amount of capital, which will result in an increase in construction activity and the creation of jobs,' stated Drew Johnson, Oppidan SVP for development.

Oppidan stated that it hopes to begin construction this summer, and expects to be operational by 2025. Oppidan has listed as clients on its website Oracle, an unknown Fortune 50 telecom, an anonymous Fortune 15 telecom, Bell Canada's Bell Alliant brand, and Sabey Corp.