Amazon AWS: Amazon purchases 25 acres for a data center in Chantilly, Virginia

Jul 10, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Amazon has purchased a 25-acre parcel of land in Fairfax County, Virginia, close to several of the company's current and planned data centers. BisNow reports that Amazon Data Services Inc. recently paid $34.44 million to acquire a 24.6-acre property at 44150 Wade Drive in Chantilly from Firefox LLC. The address is presently listed as a Loudoun Composting site; however, Firefox sought to rezone the land for use as a data center.

In January 2023, Firefox applied to rezone 24.6 acres from intensive industrial use to industrial park use to build up to 375,000 square feet of data center space adjacent to a substation. In April 2023, the 'Firefox Dulles' plan was authorized. The site is situated just north of three AWS-managed data centers at 25430, 25420, and 25410 Sutton Bay Plaza and to the west of a prospective location for a four-building data center campus. This is presumably the 100-acre plot Amazon purchased from H&M Property in 2019 for $73 million, on which the company has filed to construct up to 1.75 million square feet of data center space.

Amazon has a substantial data center presence throughout Virginia, including in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, and is expanding rapidly. AWS claims to have invested approximately $35 billion in Virginia since 2006 and recently announced intentions to invest an additional $35 billion in the state by 2040.