Amazon bought 42 acres in Warrenton for $ 39.7 million | New
According to land transfers filed with Fauquier County last week, Amazon Web Services, Inc. purchased 41.8 acres of land at Blackwell Road and US 17 and Lee Highway in Warrenton. Although no request has been made to the city for a data center, Amazon has expressed interest in building one in Warrenton. The lot, located behind Country Chevrolet, is industrial zoned and has been named one of only two lots in Warrenton that can accommodate a data center.
On August 10, Warrenton city council passed a text amendment allowing data centers – with a special exception permit – in industrial areas.
John Foote, an attorney representing Amazon Web Services, appeared before the Warrenton Planning Commission on May 25 to say “‘I have permission to file an application’ as soon as the city decides whether or not to allow them. data centers.
Denise Harris, planning director for the City of Warrenton’s Department of Community Development, said Tuesday that the city had not yet received any requests for a data center.
With the purchase finalized last week, Amazon Data Services retains a 100% interest in the property, paying Wilson LLC $ 32,159,714 and MFW Holdings LLC $ 7,543,636.
According to Fauquier County GIS, the 41.70 acres are valued at $ 3,336,800.
At the August 10 city council meeting, David Dobson of Rixeyville told council members he owns a 21.7-acre parcel of land in Warrenton, directly across from the US 17 potential AWS site. He asked the council to reduce the minimum size of its data center from 25 acres to 20 acres to allow its site to link with Amazon’s or serve the federal government. The board approved the amendment to the text, paving the way for an Amazon request and authorizing 20-acre data centers.
City council members stressed at the August 10 meeting that any specific data center application will be carefully reviewed to ensure it does not negatively impact residents’ quality of life. The Special Use Authorization process allows the board to place additional restrictions on any potential data center proposal.
Fauquier already has two data centers, with others blocked or pending. One, owned and operated by the French OVH Groupe SAS, was built in Vint Hill in 2019. A neighboring 80-acre plot at Vint Hill was re-zoned in November 2018, to allow the construction of a data, but none have been built yet. Another is located at the Warrenton Training Center, northwest of the city. Apparently run by Vadata, an Amazon affiliate, it generated $ 2.1 million in county tax revenue on its equipment in 2020.