JK Moving makes a play for Dulles’ Western Lands

Data center developer Digital Realty Trust is poised to acquire approximately 424 acres from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority after signing a Letter of Intent to purchase the Dulles Airport's Western Lands for $236.5 million.

The next step is approval of the sale by the MWAA Strategic Development Committee and the Board of Directors at a Sept. 18 meeting, according to the authority’s upcoming agenda.

Plans to acquire the airport's Western Lands property moved forward in July after terms of purchase were executed by the airports authority and a $5 million deposit was made by Digital Realty.

CBRE Inc. brokerage announced to the public the land was available in December and sought best offers by April.

Several companies made proposals, according to MWAA, including Loudoun-based JK Moving.

The airports authority acquired several parcels of land west of Dulles International Airport from 2005-2007, totaling approximately 854 acres to accommodate a fourth runway and additional support facilities, according the board’s agenda item.

The runway and the anticipated support area encompass approximately 414 acres, and the majority of the remaining acreage has remained undeveloped and underutilized.

The deal is expected to close between Sept. 28 and Oct. 12.

Global firm Digital Realty works with more than 2,300 firms across the world, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, health care, and consumer products.

“Returning the Western Lands to the county tax rolls will have a positive impact for the taxpayers of Loudoun in the way of schools, roads, public safety and other services,” Loudoun County Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer said in a statement provided to the Times-Mirror. “Digital Realty is one of the world's top technology developers, with millions of square feet of development already in operation in Loudoun. With this purchase, Digital Realty has made a major commitment to the future of tech in Loudoun and Data Center Alley.”

(9) comments

Matthew

I hope all these data centers at least help "land" us H2Q and Apple. Ca Ching, LOL

More Cowbell

They can put that money towards our share of Metro. Unsure why the airport has all that extra land to begin with(and never needed) and what taxes if any they were paying?

amerigirl

being federal property they probably don't pay taxes, could be wrong though.

LoudounWatchdog

Big waste putting a Metro station where there are going to be data centers (606 statin). So much for MWAA keeping their promises about supporting some real development there.

ace10

Just what we need.
A special thanks is owed to former VA Gov. Carpetbagger.
He has left us a tremendous legacy.

MAGA Morons Are Governing America

Oh boy...who doesn't want to live in a flight path?

BobOhneiserEsq

How about moving the airport parking lot land which supports the Metro (non-national security) out of federal control so Loudoun can get its property taxes for LCPS support?

LoudounPulse

Digital Realty = Data Centers

Skyprince

Does not seem smart to insulate the airport for future growth for yet another data center...how dumb of the airport authority. Other airports around the world would kill for such vacant land around their airports, and here Washington Airport people only see dollar signs...shortsighted and stupid...

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