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February 22, 2019

Remington could get a second big data center park

This conceptual plan shows the data center buildings between four-lane James Madison Highway (top) and James Madison Street (bottom) north of Remington.
Convergent Technology Park
• What: Proposed data center complex.

• Where: About 104 acres of an approximately 139-acre site at James Madison Street (Business Route 15/29) and James Madison Highway (Route 29) just north of Remington.

• Zoning: Residential; property has approval for 198 single-family homes.

• Applicant: Convergent VA LLC, McLean.

• Landowner: Richard M. Barb LLC.

• Potential investment: More than $1 billion.

• Features: 6 data center buildings, a substation to provide electricity and a 500,000-gallon water storage tank to provide fire suppression.

• Under roof: About 1 million square feet square feet.

• Projected employment: 110 permanent, “high-paying” full-time equivalent jobs; about 130 full-time equivalent construction jobs.

• Application: Convergent VA seeks comprehensive plan amendment, rezoning and special exception permit approval from county supervisors.

• Next: Fauquier’s community development department staff will prepare an analysis of proposal; planning commission will conduct a work session and public hearing on project, after which it will make a recommendation to county supervisors; they will conduct a work session and public hearing before taking final action on proposal.


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Another data center developer has trained its sights on the Remington market.

McLean-based Convergent VA LLC seeks comprehensive plan amendment, rezoning and special exception permit approval from Fauquier’s supervisors to construct about 1 million square feet of buildings to house networked computers and storage to organize, process and disseminate large amounts of data.

Fauquier’s community development department last Friday received Convergent VA’s application for the project.

The developer put the project’s construction cost at more than $1 billion.

The conceptual plan for Convergent Technology Park shows six buildings on the northern portion of approximately 139 acres at James Madison Street (Business 15/29) and Route 29 just north of Remington.

> Conceptual building elevations at bottom of story

Depending on the needs of users, the sizes and numbers of buildings could change, according to the application.

The proposed data center site would total about 104 acres.

Under the plan, Convergent VA would give approximately 35 acres at the southern end of the site to the county for a park. If the supervisors reject that donation, the applicant promises to place an easement on the property, permanently prohibiting its development.

Richard M. Barb LLC, who lives near Midland, owns the 139-acre property. In 2003, the Fauquier supervisors rezoned the land for 198 single-family homes. For tax purposes, the county values the vacant land at $3.2 million.

Last March, the supervisors approved Alberta, Canada-based Point One Holdings Inc.’s request to rezone 234 acres along Lucky Hill Road northeast of Remington to construct up to six data center buildings totaling 1.5 million to 1.8 million square feet.

The company paid Fauquier real estate investors Bob and Bill Springer $7 million for the 234-acre data center property. That equals $29,914 an acre.

Point One put the investment at $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion. It expected to break ground on the Remington Technology Park in late 2018 but has yet to do so.

To pave the way for its rezoning application, Convergent VA must convince the county supervisors that the comprehensive plan designation for the proposed 104.3-acre data center site should be changed to allow the requested use.

The group requests that the site be rezoned from “Residential 2” to “Business Park.”

The applicant says it would take five to seven years to complete the Convergent Technology Park project.

The Fauquier Water and Sanitation Authority would provide sewer and the Town of Remington water to the site. But, municipal water wouldn’t be used to cool center buildings, according to the application.

Among other things, the proposal calls for:

• A Dominion Power electrical substation at the southern end of the development area.

Overhead electrical powerlines, which bisect the property, would provide electricity. Onsite electrical lines associated with the project would be buried, the application states.

• A 500,000-gallon aboveground water tank for fire suppression. The proposed 46-foot-tall storage tank would require special exception permit approval by the supervisors.

• A rainwater harvesting system for irrigation or other unspecified uses.

• A 50-foot wide, “enhanced” landscape buffer along a large portion of the property border to screen and separate the data centers from Route 29 to the west and adjoining commercial and residential uses to the north and east.

The site fronts James Madison Street and Route 29. Access would be limited to a primary and a service/emergency entrance on James Madison Street.

Fauquier’s planning commission will conduct a work session and public hearing on the data center project, after which it will make a recommendation to the county supervisors. The supervisors also will conduct a work session and public hearing, before taking final action on the proposal.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300. 

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JDwarrenton · February 22, 2019 at 11:31 am
Be aware that data centers generate lots of noise 24/7 from the air conditioners needed to keep the space cool and regulate humidity. Each one of those little grey boxes beside each of the buildings in the aerial phots are huge, industrially-sized air conditioners that put out around 80 to 100 decibels of sound each, about equal to a lawn mower or motorcycle. The houses in the photo will be impacted the most, but so will houses about one mile away. When the power goes out, or for maintenance and testing, they need to run large diesel generators to run the A/C. You can search for noise disturbance in Falls Church by a data center if you care to.
graybeard · February 22, 2019 at 10:44 am
The county has an opportunity to develop another tech project. Cannot miss on this chance, as the idea of 198 or so houses on the outskirt of town would be a tax payer nightmare. Instead of being taxed for new or expanded schools, teachers and maintenance of the schools, we can have job creation.
These businesses can also help out our local businesses with money being spent in the Remington/Bealeton/Opal area.
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