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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />February 9, 2011 <br />10 a.m. <br /> <br />Data center to launch at Ignition Park <br />st <br />Innovation Park’s Data Realty will build 1 private facility <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br /> <br />or Jeff Gibney, Executive Director of Community and Economic Development, 235-9371 <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke today said the City of South Bend has reached an agreement to <br />sell land in Ignition Park to a private company that will build a nearly 50,000-square-foot <br />data center – the first private, high-tech business in the technology park. <br /> <br />Data Realty, a startup company based at Innovation Park at Notre Dame, will break <br />ground this spring for a Tier III data center serving small to mid-sized businesses in <br />South Bend and throughout the Midwest. Construction may take about 14 months. The <br />data center will be built at Ignition Park’s eastern end on a 4.94-acre site (along Franklin <br />Street between Garst and Stull streets), immediately northwest of the Transpo facility. <br />Data Realty’s site will accommodate a future 40,000-square-foot addition. <br /> <br />The data center is being developed under the auspices of Graham Allen Partners LLC, a <br />private holding company established to make investments in early-stage, high-growth <br />businesses. Like Data Realty, Graham Allen Partners is based at Innovation Park, which <br />with Ignition Park forms South Bend’s dual-site, state-certified technology park. <br /> <br />“I am excited to welcome Data Realty as the first Innovation Park client to ‘graduate’ to <br />Ignition Park. On land where once Studebaker automobiles were made, Data Realty will <br />manage and analyze data to help businesses succeed in a competitive global <br />environment,” Luecke said. “Besides demonstrating a potential future flow of prospective <br />businesses from Innovation Park, Data Realty exemplifies the kind of high-tech ventures <br />we expect to locate at Ignition Park. <br /> <br />“South Bend’s future has begun at Ignition Park,” Luecke added. <br />