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February 11, 2021

Big data center project proposed at Catlett

The conceptual plan depicts two data centers, totaling up to 450,000 square feet, on 60 acres at Route 28 and Gaskins Lane in Catlett.
The proposed development represents a significant, long-term investment in Fauquier County that will generate jobs and tax revenue for decades with little pressure on public facilities and infrastructure.
— Catlett Station II LLC application
Fauquier’s planning commission next Thursday will hold a work session on a massive data center proposed along Route 28 at Catlett.

Applicant and landowner Catlett Station II LLC seeks rezoning of 60 acres from industrial to “business park district” for the phased construction of up to 450,000 square feet of “data center development,” including accessory uses.

The Catlett Data Center Park concept plan shows two data center structures and three equipment yards.

An unnamed “national, well-regarded data center developer” has the property at Route 28 and Gaskins Lane under contract for purchase and “plans to develop the site for a very desirable tenant,” according to the application.

The applicant also doesn’t identify the tenant.

The planning commission work session will take place at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Warren Green Building in Warrenton.

With the project developed in phases over five to seven years, construction of the first of two building would begin this summer, according to the applicant.

“The second building will be constructed after occupancy of the first building,” Catlett Station II LLC explains in a five-page statement of justification.

“The proposed development represents a significant, long-term investment in Fauquier County that will generate jobs and tax revenue for decades with little pressure on public facilities and infrastructure,” according to the applicant.

The planning commission might hold a March public hearing on the project.

The five-member commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority.

The supervisors also will conduct a public hearing on the data center project before acting on the application.

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farmbum · February 12, 2021 at 7:26 am
Ok... ahhh...some rambling thoughts and one recommendation.

It is ironic that Catlett an area that has no public services, no consumer commercial interests, and very limited internet services, gets a proposed data center. Right in the bucolic views of the village. Data centers use a lot of energy, and infrastructure for internet. The supervisors need to be informed of those plans. The route 28 corridor will probably be under construction to provide those additional services. And absolutely no roundabout on 28. Save that money. Traffic is already impacted adversely from our neighboring county and their 4 lane improvement. The light at Catlett and Elk Run also impacts traffic in a negative sort of way further slowing movement through the area.

The recommendation sounded like a sales presentation. And it reveals nothing about the tenants or customer. Why is that?
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