Northern Virginia: Bristow Data Center Park Approval Delayed by Prince William County Officials

Feb 09, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Officials from Prince William County have postponed the vote on a data center construction plan. Following a lengthy discussion that ended at 3 am this Thursday, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors unanimously decided to postpone the Devlin Technology Park proposal until March 7. The applicant, Stanley Martin Homes, provisionally agreed to modify its proposed 4.2 million-square-foot data center facility in Bristow to re-include components of a previously-proposed housing plan on the property, according to local media. This led to the decision to postpone the project.
The developer Stanley Martin of Virginia wants to build a data center park on more than 250 acres of property in Prince William County, Northern Virginia, on a location that was originally intended for a residential development and is close to another prospective data center construction. 
A request to rezone 269 acres from intended mixed residential to light industry has been made by the corporation. Prior to 2020, the firm received zoning clearance for 1,079 single-family apartments. 

The Devlin Technology Park project, which is situated between Linton Hall Road and Devlin Road, may see up to 4.25 million square feet of development spread across up to 14 structures. The rezoning request was originally recommended for approval by the county Planning Commission in August 2022. 

The residential component of the property would sustain around 135 units, according to Truett Young, VP of land for Stanley Martin Homes' Northern Virginia division. How many square feet would be permitted for the smaller data center is unknown. After the plan underwent last-minute modifications, the board chose to postpone the vote.