Publishing Date: May 03, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE: Amazon is working to develop a new data centre facility in Chantilly, with plans to invest nearly $36 million (circa £30M) into the project, according to Fairfax County records.

The vacant property located at 3980 Virginia Mallory Drive is part of Amazon’s 46.4 acres in Avion Parkway, which the company bought for $55.9 million in 2021. The deal was listed at 14501 Avion Parkway at the time, and also included the adjacent parcel at 14721 Avion Parkway. The land fronting Route 50 is vacant. In 2022, the land was assessed at nearly $22.4 million, according to county records.

In April, Amazon received permits to build a new data centre and its foundation at an estimated cost of $33 million, according to Fairfax County permit records. The company also received the permit for plumbing and gas for the new data centre building, valued at $350,000, according to Fairfax County permit records.

Amazon is still waiting on a permit for a separate support building located at 3980A Virginia Mallory Drive, which was filed on April 27 and is expected to cost $2.5 million, per the county records.

Spokespeople for Amazon did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication, but it generally does not comment on its data centre plans.

It’s unclear how much it will cost Amazon to outfit the new commercial building with the necessary infrastructure and equipment for the data centre to function — that typically costs much more than construction. The personal property taxes on that equipment are usually much larger than the real estate taxes on the building itself.

Permit records list the project’s contractors as Bohler Engineering and Harris Co., a mechanical contractor that installs equipment for clients including at data centre facilities.

In recent years, Amazon has looked to branch out with its data centres beyond Loudoun County, expanding into Fairfax, Prince William and other Northern Virginia localities. In Fairfax specifically, Amazon Web Services has an office hub in Herndon, while the company owns 57 acres just off Route 28 and is entitled to build a new two-story data centre in Springfield.


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