Aurora wants to build 13,000-square-foot data backup center in Summit

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

April 16, 2015

 Aurora Hospital in Summit wants to add 13,000 square feet to its existing building at 36500 Aurora Drive for a data center.
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SUMMIT - If approved, a 13,000-square-foot expansion of the Aurora Hospital in Summit would remain largely empty, except for equipment.

Village Administrator Henry Elling said Aurora Health Care has proposed building the standalone facility on the northeast side of the hospital within view of Interstate 94. The building would house the health care organization’s servers and equipment as a backup to its existing data facility, which Elling believes is in Milwaukee.

A public hearing will be held on the proposal at the start of Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. Plan Commission meeting. According to the agenda, the purpose of the hearing is to receive and respond to comments and concerns regarding a new conditional use permit for Aurora Health Care for their facility at 36500 Aurora Drive, which would authorize continued use of the hospital, clinic, outpatient services and medical offices along with a new corporate-wide satellite data center.

On the regular meeting agenda are actionable items related to the conditional use permit, lighting, landscaping and architecture.

Information pertaining to the project is available for review at Summit Village Hall, 2911 N. Dousman Road, during regular business hours.

Elling said preliminary plans were presented for the Aurora data center during the Plan Commission meeting last month. Commissioners raised questions about the building’s architecture, which would be done to reflect the main hospital building. Elling said if Aurora receives approval for the project, it would like to start construction June 1 and have it open by October or November.