Microsoft has acquired 111 acres in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Citing Madison County property records, the Business Record reports Microsoft paid Flinn Farms LLC $10.46 million for just over 77 acres, and Marco Properties LLC $4.89 million for nearly 34 acres.

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The properties are located south of Veterans Parkway between Woodland Avenue and Southwest 60th Street, close to the company’s Osmium data center campus.

Microsoft’s interest in the plots was revealed last year after the company filed a zoning request with the West Des Moines City Council for ‘Project Ruthenium’ in November.

The company was looking to amend the City’s zoning map to designate the site as a Light Industrial zoning district.

Microsoft already has a major presence around West Des Moines. The Ruthenium site is located directly west of Microsoft’s existing Project Osmium campus and near an existing substation.

The Osmium site, on SW Kerry Street, was announced in 2016 and will span 1.7 million sq ft (158,000 sqm) of land once fully built out. The company was granted permission for a third of five buildings on the site in 2021 and permission for a fourth was granted last year.

Other Microsoft data center sites in the area in various stages of development include Project Ginger West, Project Ginger East, as well as Project Mountain, and Project Alluvion.

Project Ginger East will be located on about 130 acres south of Highway 5 and north of South County Line Road.

2022 also saw the company gain a permit in July for a data center at 3655 S.E. Soteria Ave. Issued to Microsoft contractor the Weitz Company, the permit was for an 184,600 sq ft facility under the description DSM 14. The plot is currently undeveloped land located close to the company’s future Project Ginger East location.

In the west of the city, Microsoft is developing on 180 acres south of 11100 Booneville Road for what is known as Project Ginger West. The company recently filed to construct two data center buildings at the site known as DSM 42 and 43.

Both Ginger East and West will each be about 1.8 million square feet (167,225 sqm) and each cost about $1 billion to develop.

Project Mountain, first announced in 2009 and expanded in 2011 and 2013, is a two-building campus on South 88th Street.

First announced in 2014, Project Alluvion is located on White Crane Road to the south of the Ginger East Site. It consists of eight buildings totaling more than one million sq ft (92,900 sqm).

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