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March 15, 2019

Remington data center proposal briefing Thursday

The 104-acre site lies 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: After Thursday’s project introduction, the planning commission in April 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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Fauquier’s planning commission next week will get its first look at a proposed data center just north of Remington.

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

Planning Chief Adam Shellenberger will explain the project to the commission at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.

The five-member advisory panel will conduct a public hearing April 18 on the proposal. It serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.

The applicant 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.

The proposal also calls for a substation to provide electricity and a 500,000-gallon water storage tank to provide fire suppression.

If the supervisors approve the rezoning request, 198 vacant single-family home lots would be extinguished.

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

As proposed, the project would create 110 permanent, “high-paying” full-time equivalent jobs and require the equivalent of 130 full-time construction jobs to complete it.

Convergence VA LLC representative Jeffrey B. Price declined Thursday to comment on the project.

Richard M. Barb LLC, who lives near Midland, owns the 139-acre property. 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.

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.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.  
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Jim Griffin · March 18, 2019 at 6:27 am
Virginia Republican Creed: "We Believe That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice."

Is land use best decided by a government committee, or is it best decided by the market?
Rover 530 · March 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm
Technophobes are everywhere. Yet they use technology to do buy things, manage their money and investments and even communicate via email, text, tweets, and even (gasp!) leaving a comment here on this website. Fauquier land is not "easy pickings" for abuse but rather use or re-use. The choice I see here is either data center or houses at this location. Don't see any mention of farmland and agriculture in this discussion.
Wellitsthetruth · March 16, 2019 at 3:32 pm
No wonder my taxes are constantly going up, because people in this county throw a hissy fit over anything and everything that may take up some land of this precious county. Get over yourself, we as a county cannot stay in the 1900s forever. In order for things to happen (aka schools being fully funded, EMS being fully staffed/funded) sometimes sacrifices have to be made. Evolution.
hugh · March 16, 2019 at 10:09 am
What morons we are if we allow our cheap, pristine rural countryside to be cemented-over by Data Centers. The effect will be equivalent to how mines and loggers raped the land of "dumb, gullible country folk" in West VA.

Treeless acres of massive, lifeless concrete bunkers won't draw families or businesses or tourists...they'll just be uninhabitable, unsightful, unenvironmental wastelands.

We rural Fauquierians are stupid, easy prey...our eyes roll when Data Center builders flash their cash. These proposals by 'outsiders' are outrageous insults; they see us as "dumb farmers" and our land as easy pickins' for abuse. They've come to Fauquier because they don't want and would never allow any ungodly Data Centers to be built where they live.
Virtus · March 15, 2019 at 3:22 pm
What is the Comprehensive Plan for this corridor? Mixing residential and industrial use?

Will the Planning Commission consider what will happen when the market for data centers becomes saturated and the impact of digital infrastructures grows? Will then the use become permanent industrial further impacting the value of the adjoining residential properties?

Will the Commission consider noise impacts from the data center's air conditioning units?
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