AWS has filed an application to Prince William County (PWC) to have a new site rezoned for data centre use in Manassas, Northern Virginia. The 80-acre property comprises three adjacent plots of farmland. Zoning may prove challenging as the site is located outside the PWC ‘Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District,’ which offer fewer restrictions on data centres. The application is currently under consideration with no hearing yet scheduled.
The company is proposing to build four, two-storey facilities as well as a substation on the site. Each building would have a total floor space of 256,500 sq ft (23,800 sq m).
Amazon already has a substantial presence in Northern Virginia, including elsewhere in Manassas, Ashburn, Chantilly, Haymarket and McNair.
The company has plans for continued expansion in the area. It has also applied to build on a 40-acre site in nearby Warrenton, Fauquier County. The purchase relies on local officials updating the rules to allow a data centre to be built.