Amazon cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, has identified a 44-acre site, south of Dulles International in Loudoun a potential site for its next data center in the county. The e-commerce giant subsidiary is planning to rezone three parcels of land between Tall Cedars Parkway and Pleasant Valley, to general industrial category to suit its data center business.
Amazon has gone to great lengths to hide the fact that it is planning to build a data center in Loudoun. The rezoning application for ‘Quarry Commerce was not done by the e-commerce giant but Oppidan Investment, which is one of the company’s client. The county’s board of supervisors is set to vote on the Quarry Commerce Center application.
Initial reports indicate the proposed data center will be divided into three buildings. The shortest side of the facility is to face route 50. Amazon Web Services settling on Loudoun County for its next data center does not come as a surprise.
The county is home to data centers from some of the largest tech companies and corporations. It also plays host to about 75 data centers and more than 3, 000 tenants. As much as 70% of the world’s internet traffic flows through data centers located in the county.
Amazon already has a data center off Gloucester Parkway initially developed by Corporate Office Properties. Amazon Web Services has also announced plans to open a corporate campus in nearby Herndon.
Google is believed to be in the process of acquiring two sites in the county for its future data center projects. One of the facilities will be located 3 miles from Amazon Web Services campus.
Amazon 2nd Headquarter
Northern Virginia is among 20 locations that the tech giant is considering for its second headquarters. Loudoun and Fairfax County teamed up to submit the largest non-developed site on the Metro that will check all the boxes that Amazon and other corporate users need.
“With our highly educated and talented workforce and a location close to Dulles International Airport and a new Silver Line train station, we hope we will have the opportunity to welcome Amazon HQ2 to Virginia,” said Sharon Bulova, who chairs the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in a statement.