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April 15, 2019

Remington data center proposal hearing Thursday

McLean-based Convergent VA LLC proposes six data centers just north of Remington.
Public Hearing
• Topic: Comprehensive plan, rezoning and special exception permit requests for a data center complex on 104.3 acres at James Madison Street (Business Route 15/29) and James Madison Highway (Route 29) just north of Remington.

• Zoning: Residential for 198 single-family homes.

• When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton

• 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.

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

• Next: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the board of supervisors, which has final authority. The commission Thursday may forward the project to the supervisors for action. If it does, the board will conduct a May 9 public hearing and possibly vote that night.
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Fauquier’s planning commission Thursday night will conduct a public hearing on a proposed billion-dollar-plus data center park just north of Remington.

Convergent VA LLC seeks comprehensive plan, rezoning and special exception permit approval to construct up to six buildings on 104.3 acres at James Madison Street and Route 29.

The planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 18 in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton. The five-member commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.

If the supervisors approve the applications, 198 previously approved home lots for the property would be eliminated.

The applicant projects a five- to seven-year build-out for the proposed Convergent Technology Park. The estimated $1-billion-plus project also calls for Convergent VA, which has a McLean post office box, to donate an additional 35.1 acres for a county park.

The project would generate 130 full-time construction jobs and 110 “highly skilled” and “highly paid” full-time jobs needed to operate the data center park, according to Convergent VA.

A combination of an on-site substation and natural gas would serve as backup power supplies.

A proposed 500,000-gallon, above-ground water tank, which requires special exception permit approval, would provide fire flow protection; the tank would be 46 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter. A rain harvest system, the Town of Remington and/or a hauler would supply the water tank, according to Convergent VA.

The project also calls for screening and berms along portions of the site’s edges to minimize its effects on adjoining uses and Route 29.

Access to the site would be limited to a primary and a service/emergency entrance on James Madison Street.

Convergent VA also would construct a 10-foot wide trail along the portion of the property that fronts James Madison Street.

Convergent VA has a contract to purchase 139.5 acres from Richard M. Barb LLC. In 2003, the county supervisors rezoned the property for 198 single-family homes.

In March 2018, the supervisors approved Alberta, Canada-based Point One’s rezoning request to construct six data center buildings on 234 acres off Lucky Hill Road just northeast of Remington.

Point One proposes to construct 1.5 million to 1.8 million square feet square feet, with data center structures ranging from 240,000 to 310,000 square feet each.

In other matters Thursday night, the commission will conduct a public hearing on:

• Wallace Properties VII’s special exception permit application for a drive-thru to serve a planned Arby’s restaurant at Routes 17 and 28 in Bealeton.

Zoned commercially, the L-shaped Arby’s parcel would be adjacent to the Cedar Grove Cemetery and would wrap around the existing 7-Eleven convenience store/Exxon gas station. The commercial uses would share a Route 17 and a Route 28 access.

If all goes according to his schedule, owner Dan Wallace will open the 46-seat restaurant by year’s end.

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

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