Amazon AWS: Amazon plans a campus with two buildings in Stafford County, Virginia

Sep 14, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

More proposals for data centers are on the way to Stafford, Virginia's Stafford County. Amazon has applied to a two-building facility in the county, while an unnamed developer plans a three-building site nearby. Amazon Data Services has applied for approval to construct the Potomac Church Tech Center, a data center facility along Old Potomac Road near the junction of South Campus Boulevard. The company seeks to rezone just under 50 acres from Urban Commercial (B-2) and modify the Stafford County Ordinance to build a data center campus.

According to documents, the company intends to build a new substation in addition to two two-story buildings totaling 510,000 square feet of data center space. The property belongs to Old Potomac Church LLC. Amazon plans to invest approximately $1 billion in the endeavor. Amazon will pay the county $7 million to construct a pumping station and a water pipeline as part of the agreement.

In 2009, the site was rezoned from A-1 Agricultural to a medical clinic district, but it was never constructed. B-2 zoning does permit data centers, but the bulk of the site is restricted to medical and dental use due to existing restrictions. Amazon already has a substantial presence in Northern Virginia and continues to expand in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. The corporation is also establishing data centers in the counties of Fauquier, Culpeper, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, and Louisa.