: Application Submitted by Vantage For a 134-acre Data Center Facility in Ashburn, Virginia

Feb 07, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Vantage Data Centers has filed for a Loudoun County campus near Ashburn. Vantage applied for federal and state approvals for its VA3 data center facility with the US Army Corps of Engineers district commander. Vantage plans to build a "large-scale data center complex" on 134 acres west of Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) as well as south of Harry Byrd Highway (State Route 7), Loudoun County, Virginia, according to the petition. Site plans indicate four structures and a substation. Development and campus capacity timelines were not disclosed. 

The document states the development will affect almost two acres of wetlands and 3,551 linear feet of stream channel. The company plans to buy wetland credentials from the Northern Virginia Stream Restoration Bank and stream credits from The Nature Conservancy of Virginia to compensate for the loss. Last year, Vantage bought 19509 Belmont Ridge Road from Barcroft Associates, managed by Charles (Chuck) B DeLashmutt, for $180 million, according to DgtlInfra. 

Vantage's 42-acre "Ashburn VA1'' campus is in Sterling, Loudoun County. It will include five buildings with over 146MW and over 1 million sq ft. Two buildings are operational, and a third is being built. The company purchased 10 acres across from VA1 for campus expansion. Vantage paid $46 million for 17 acres at 22318 Glenn Drive in Sterling in October 2021. Vantage's VA2 campus is rumored. According to Loudoun County Economic Development records, the facility will feature up to 96MW of capacity across 800,000 sq ft of data center, potentially split between two buildings.

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