Hall County Commissioners discuss building new data center

The Hall County Board of Commissioners heard from a company that wants to build a data center in Doniphan near the border of Hall County and Adams County.
Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 12:10 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Board of Commissioners heard from a company that wants to build a data center in Doniphan near the border of Hall County and Adams County Tuesday at its board meeting.

VCV Digital said it wants to build the facility to start mining cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Right now, the land VCV wants to buy is a harvested cornfield, but they said the electric substation of the land would help to power the project, making it an ideal location.

During Tuesday’s board meeting, several people who could be effected by the project spoke out. Most said they were concerned about the possibility of noise and light pollution, but others questioned if the tech company could use land zoned for agriculture to build their facility.

Hall County Planning Director Chad Nabity said VCV can build on ag land due to a decision earlier in the year.

“In July of this year, the county board did approve adding data centers as a conditional use permit within the A1 zoning district, so it does not change the zoning of the property, but it does allow for additional uses,” Nabity said.

Another concern people said they had was the possibility of flooding and how that would impact them, but Nabity says it doesn’t think that will be an issue.

“The particular sight that the data center was looking at is not within a regulatory flood plane. A large portion of that quarter section is, but this particular sight near the substation is not in the flood plane,” Nabity said.

John Skalla with VCV told the board that the data center could be used for more than just Crypto mining in the future.