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PWC approves 28 million sq. ft. data center cluster near Civil War battlefield site at Manassas

Prince William County has approved a 2,139-acre, 28 million sq. ft. data center cluster near the Civil War battlefield at Manassas.

The county’s Board of Supervisors approved the development despite significant NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) opposition. Anti-data center activists had specifically drawn their battle lines around the historic site, also known as the Battle of Bull Run, ALM Globebest.com reported on Nov. 7.

The  supervisors approved the Prince William Digital Gateway in a  5-2 vote during a 14-hour session. The massive data center cluster already has two anchor occupants: QTS and Compass Data Centers, which each will build hyperscale data center campuses encompassing 18 million sq. ft. and 1,000 MW of capacity on 1,636 acres of the new Gateway zone, the published report says.

Prince William’s board revised the county’s land use master plan to allow for the rezoning of 2,139 acres of farmland, homes and protected forest known as the Rural Crescent, which stretches from the Manassas battlefield in the south to Route 234 in the north.

“With Loudoun County—the epicenter of NoVa’s data center hub, the largest data processing cluster in North America, also known as Data Center Alley—temporarily pausing development of new data centers, surrounding areas have seized the opportunity to develop new data processing capacity that can be connected to Loudoun’s cluster with fiber lines,” the site reported.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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