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January 19, 2018

Billion-dollar data centers proposed near Remington

Point One Holdings Inc. proposes to build six data centers — each 200,000 square feet — over five to seven years.
I think this is obviously a positive from the standpoint of fiscal impacts, traffic impacts, school impacts.
— Bob Springer, landowner
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If approved and constructed as proposed, the billion dollar-plus data center just northeast of Remington would be Fauquier’s largest economic development project.

Alberta, Canada-based Point One Holdings Inc. wants rezoning approval to construct up to six data-center structures on 234 acres between Remington and Lucky Hill Roads.

A real estate development company, Point One estimated the investment at $1.4 to $1.6 billion.

At build-out, which could take five to seven years, the proposed Remington Technology Park could create up to 200 full-time equivalent construction jobs and 180 permanent, “highly skilled and well-paid, full-time jobs,” the company’s rezoning application states.

The first of six proposed data center buildings — ranging from 240,000 to 310,000 square feet — would represent a $250 million to $270 million investment, according to the company.

> Documents at bottom of story

Point One representative Colin Clish could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

Besides data centers, the company’s projects in the United States and Canada include office, retail and industrial developments.

Point One has the site, located between The Meadows subdivision and Dominion Power's solar field, under contract from Fauquier residents and real estate investors Bob and Bill Springer and Alexandria-based VCA LLC.

“There will be jobs, and pretty good jobs,” Bob Springer said of the project’s economic development benefits. “There will be tax revenue.”

Existing zoning for the property the landowners plan to sell Point One would allow construction of up to 199 single-family homes, Mr. Springer noted.

Rezoning the site from residential to “Business Park” use would eliminate those lots and the cost of providing public services to homes built on them, he said.

“I think this is obviously a positive from the standpoint of fiscal impacts, traffic impacts, school impacts,” Mr. Springer said.

He also believes the proposed site makes sense because of its proximity to the nearby solar field and the Dominion Power and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative power plants.

The buildings could be cooled in a variety of ways. “The project will utilize recycled water as much as possible,” the application states.

Point One will continue to discuss with the Fauquier Water and Sanitation Authority ways to serve the project, according to the application.

“Should” WSA “not be able to provide the potable water required, we are confident the development can utilize a private central water system to supply itself,” the application reads.

Such at system would be served by “an existing onsite well” and planned an aboveground water “storage facility.”

Point One last spring began discussions about buying the proposed site, said Mr. Springer, who declined to discuss the selling price.

County community development department Senior Planner Adam Shellengberger on Thursday explained the project to the planning commission.

For a project of such magnitude, the county has proposed an ambitious review schedule.

> Poll: Do you support the proposal?

The board of supervisors will conduct a Feb. 8 work session on the proposal.

The commission will conduct a Feb. 15 work session on it.

An advisory panel to the supervisors, the commission will conduct a Feb. 27 public hearing on the proposal.

The supervisors, which has final authority, expects to conduct a March 8 public hearing on the project.

The Seattle-based Vadata Inc. has constructed Fauquier’s first data center at the Warrenton Training, a high-security federal installation on View Tree Mountain, just north of town.

Application documents filed with county:

Application SOJ RemTechPark 1stSub by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Application ConceptRenderings RemTechPark 1stSub by Fauquier Now on Scribd

Application ProfferStatement RemTechPark 1stSub by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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