Oregon County Commissioners Reject Data Center Proposal for Warrenton

WARRENTON, OR — The Daily Astorian is first reporting that the outlook for Agile Design’s proposed data center for Warrenton, Oregon isn’t looking good. The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners late last week unanimously rejected a new purchase and sale agreement with Agile Design, who hoped to construct a 100,000 square foot data center over 67 acres at the North Coast Business Park, located on 11th Street.

“There were too many variables for both (sides),” said County Commissioner Mark Kujala. “We both want to go back to the drawing board … the county commission wants to re-look at the property. I didn’t feel comfortable entering into a partnership at this time.”

Agile Design’s plans go back to August 2018, when they first bough the property from Clatsop County for $1.2 million USD. Since then they have been awarded many extensions, most recently citing uncertainties about how to ascertain certain facts about the effects of the proposed data center on nearby wetlands. The drawn out timeline was apparently a large factor in the decision, who felt that the process was taking too long for reasons other than bureaucracy.

“I think that we have realized that the North Coast Business Park as presently developed is inadequate to be a business park,” remarked County Commissioner Pamela, who also added that Agile Design wanted too much money from the county to help fund necessary infrastructure upgrades. “A business park by definition has infrastructure, utilities, zoning, certain expectations … and we realized that that doesn’t exist. So we need to regroup and perhaps pursue cleaning up this mess.”

“We understand the motion that was on the floor was whether or not to accept or decline this proposal that was set before the commissioners,” said Mark Cox, Chief Executive Officer of Agile Design. “They have declined to accept this particular proposal, we are therefore hopeful that we could put together a future proposal that they might be more willing to stand behind.”