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Apple Owns Another 70 Acres Near NC Data Center

Turns out Apple’s real estate investments in Maiden, N.C., extend a bit further than the parcel where the company is currently finishing up work on its data center.

According to Catawba County Geospatial Information Services, Apple owns a little over 70 acres across the street from the 183-acre parcel on which its 500,000-square-foot data center is being built (click on image above to enlarge). That land was purchased in July of last year, but for what purpose?

The scuttlebutt around Maiden is that the company intends to use it for office space. But that seems about as likely as Apple using it to build some Jobsian theme park.

A more plausible explanation is that this parcel, too, will be used for data center space. As I reported last week, sources tell me that Apple is considering doubling the size of its Maiden data center operations, and architectural renderings posted to a Catawba County, N.C., Flickr page that show two structures side by side suggest this may have been the plan all along.

But these renderings don’t account for this newly discovered 70-acre parcel, and they were drawn up just a few weeks before Apple signed the deed on it. Which raises the question: Are Apple’s plans for the cloud so grand and its road map so clear that the company has already set the stage for further data center expansion by buying this lot across the street?

Below, parcel information for all of Apple’s recent land purchases in Maiden (click to enlarge).

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