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In this 2013 photo, employees relax in the game room of Google's new data center in Council Bluffs.

LINCOLN (AP) — Plans have been filed for what appears to be a large data center just north of Lincoln.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that a company called Agate LLC filed the plans with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department for a data center at 56th Street and Interstate 80 that would be built on 590 acres.

A site plan shows at least two buildings as part of an initial phase, but few other details are in the application. A traffic study submitted with the plans says construction could start next year and involve as many as 500 workers.

The Journal Star reports that Agate, which has a Delaware address on documents filed with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office, appears to be a front company for some other entity. State and local officials who confirmed that they had been working on the project declined to provide other details.

Facebook, Google and others have built data centers in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area, but the Journal Star reports this would be a first for Lincoln.

Facebook, Fidelity, Yahoo, Cabela’s and Travelers insurance all have constructed data centers in Sarpy County in recent years. Google has invested $2.5 billion in a sizable data center campus in Council Bluffs and in February indicated that it was considering an Omaha-area site.

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