TEMPLE, Texas – Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is building an $800 million data center in Temple, according to the Temple Economic Development Corporation. That announcement came Thursday morning.

The almost 400 acre site will be along Industrial Blvd. and NW H.K. Dodgen Loop. It will be 900,000 square feet when completed.

The project is expected to employ 1,250 construction workers onsite during peak construction, which is expected to begin this Spring. Once completed, there will be at least 100 new full-time jobs.

Temple City Manager Brynn Myers says the 393 acre Meta Hyperscale Data Center is the largest single economic investment the region has ever seen.

Adding the city will receive almost seven million dollars each year in revenue directly generated by this project.

The data center is estimated to have one hundred operational jobs with an average salary of ninety thousand dollars.

“There is several perspectives there. There is an economic development perspective, but I think there is also a city perspective that our city manager has spoken to in the past about serving the community. From the economic development perspective, this helps diversify our economy.” says Adrian Cannady, President and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation.

This is a rendering of the data center which will be approximately nine hundred square feet.

Cannady says in the next four to six weeks there will be activity at the site in preparation to start construction.