Search engine giant is increasing its land holdings in Caldwell County by nearly third.

However, the company said it has no “near-term” plans to expand the data center it operates in Lenoir.

Monday, Google said it was acquiring 60 acres that are adjacent to its existing 220 acre holdings. Google is investing some $600 million in the facility.

The latest land purchase cost $3.13 million and had been part of Google’s plans for some time, the company said.

Documents released in July of 2007 following a public records request by the News-Topic of Lennoir showed that the scope of the project could expand to an overall investment to as much as $1.8 billion.

"Everyone at Google is very happy about our North Carolina operation,” said Google site manager Tom Jacobik. “We’ve been working hard and really appreciate the community’s support. This is a strategic location for our company. We look forward to a long and active presence here. Lenoir and Caldwell County are great places for us."

“Tentative uses” for the land, according to Google, include a “gradual expansion” of the data center.

Earlier this month, Google said it no longer wanted some state tax incentives offered as part of a $260 million package to win the data center for North Carolina.

Google had not signed a contract with the state for a Job Development Investment Grant that would have meant tax rebates based on payroll taxes had Google hit a job target of 210.

"We have and will continue to utilize the other components of the economic incentives package," Google said in a prepared statement.