Kent County Commissioners approves Switch Renaissance Zone request

Commissioners approve 'Ren Zone' proposal

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The Kent County Board of Commissioners Thursday morning unanimously approved a proposal to give $1.1 million in annual tax breaks to Switch.

The company is building a massive data storage center in the old Steelcase Pyramid building in Gaines Township.

The county's finance committee gave it's initial approval to a Renaissance Zone request earlier this month.  As part of the proposal and because of recent state legislation, Switch has agreed to reimburse the property taxes to the county and the township.

The commission approved the proposal, freeing Switch from state sales taxes and use taxes on the purchases of the data processing equipment.

In addition to the approval today, the Gaines Township Board and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation need to approve the Renaissance Zone request before it become a reality.

Over the next decade Switch plans to create one thousand direct jobs as a result of the Gaines Township location.

Renovations at the Pyramid site are already underway and the company plans to be up and running there before the end of the year.

WZZM 13 will attend the 8:30 a.m. Kent County Commission meeting Thursday and bring you the latest on air and online.

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