Loudoun West, a proposed 95-acre industrial center housing a cluster of data centers in Leesburg, was approved Thursday by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
The $2 billion Loudoun West project is set for the east side of Sycolin Road (Route 625), north of the Dulles Greenway (Route 267) and south of Cochran Mill Road (Route 653).
Among the changes to the initial proposal, Leesburg-based NuVu Real Estate has increased the total area of tree conservation area around the perimeter of the property from 575,000 square feet to 651,000 square feet, or an increase of 1.74 acres, and modified its commitments to the transportation improvements.
Altogether, Loudoun West is expected to include more than 2 million square feet of data center space.
“I want to thank both the staff and applicant for working through this process and the application,” Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins (R) said. “I really do think that you guys have a great product here and the application with the changes also sets a new tone for data centers where this data center will be potentially one of the largest in the county and yet you’ll have to know it’s there to know it’s there, so that’s pretty cool, and you should be commended for those efforts.”
Located in the Transition Policy Area, the site is undeveloped and generally forested, according to county staff.
The project site is also surrounded by the Panda Stonewall property – formally known as Stonewall Hybrid Energy Park – and Stonewall Creek Business Park to the east.
Higgins made the motion to approve the application. It was backed with a 7-0-1-1 vote, with Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) absent and Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) abstaining. Randall was absent from the transportation committee meeting when the item was forwarded to the board and changes were shared.
“I don’t have an issue,” Randall said. “I just want to know what I’m voting on before I vote.”