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News Journal: Newark panel upholds data center ruling

Before a crowd of 700, a deadlocked Newark board on Wednesday effectively upheld the city's decision to permit a gas-fired power plant at the former Chrysler site as part of a large data center. Following a three-hour hearing, the Board of Adjustment deliberated for more than 70 minutes on several issues related to the city staff's Jan. 17 zoning decision permitting the power plant. Members voted 3-1 to find that on-site generation would not impair the neighborhood. They split 2-2 on two other issues: Whether on-site generation is customary in the data-center industry, and whether the project would contradict Newark's future land-use plan by having negative effect on the local and regional environment.