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Meta pause: Social media giant delays Huntsville expansion

HUNTSVILLE — Just six months ago, Meta excitedly announced expansion plans for its data center in Huntsville.

But, in a sudden change in the company’s strategy and a new design, Meta has paused construction on the center here and other projects elsewhere – even canceling some.

“In order to best serve our needs for the future, we have decided to change the design of a portion of our Huntsville Data Center which will result in a temporary construction pause of a portion of the project while we update our design,” Meta said in a statement. “We remain committed to this community, our local stakeholders, and our supply chain partners.

“We will work closely with our stakeholders to transition this project design as efficiently as possible.”

The company announced its expansion plans for Huntsville in June, with work beginning on two buildings that would increase the North Huntsville facility to nearly 3.5 million square feet.

We’re excited to announce that we are expanding the Meta Huntsville Data Center campus with two new buildings, reaching nearly 3.5 million square feet,” the company said in the announcement. “This expansion raises our investment in Huntsville to more than $1.5 billion. And once it’s completed, we anticipate the data center will support more than 300 operational jobs.”

The social media company broke ground on the facility in 2018 and opened it September 2021.

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