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USACE gives go-ahead for 181-acre Google data center in Prince William County

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has approved a 181-acre data center complex owned by a shell organization linked to Google near Bristow at the site of a former military facility in Prince William County.

Inside NOVA reports that Delaware-based Sharpless Enterprises LLC plans to build a technology hub with four data center buildings, an electric substation, several auxiliary equipment structures and a small administrative building.

British publication DataCentreDynamics says Sharpless Enterprises LLC is a shell organization linked to Google.

USACE North Atlantic Division Biologist Anna Lawston, who helped oversee the project, said in an email to Inside NOVA that  “nothing substantial” had changed between the initially submitted application and the final product approved by the agency.

The site at 6201 Wellington Rd. is just north of the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater. The publication says it was  previously home to the Atlantic Research Corporation, which operated a rocket and missile production and testing facility under contract with the U.S. Department of Defense until 2005, when it was decommissioned.

The project area is adjacent to two vacant properties near the former missile site zoned for data centers that were recently acquired by Microsoft

Zoning at both sites allows for data center development so the developer won’t need to seek the sort of approvals from the county that would be required otherwise.

A rezoning application submitted to Prince William County last year for Microsoft’s University Boulevard site is seeking an allowance for up to nearly 4 million square feet of data centers and a new electric substation, Inside NOVA says.

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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