Editor: I live I mile north of Exit 7 off the Greenway. We have been trying to get around our local area for holiday preparations and usual chores. The road work involved in laying out all the fiber bundles has had a serious effect of traffic safety and convenience for local travel.
There is always a gaggle of machinery and equipment around the sites and maybe one or two humans, generally talking. I realize work is getting done, but the pace and the optics for the average passerby is terrible. It is bad enough we are stuck with these eye sores (data centers) for the rest of lives, now we are driving through single-lane traffic around orange cones or barrels while there is absolutely no work being down on that corner. Not one human among all the orange barrels and equipment stationed there. Note: Loudoun Country Parkway and Waxpool Intersection.
Besides the grief in getting to the dry cleaners, grocery, post office etc. etc. I also wanted to ask who is paying for all that fiber optics installation and components? We were told by local representatives that tax revenues are fair. But we have not seen a detailed total cost of ownership, installation and operation of all of this fiber. Are the details of the land sale and licensing for data centers available for citizen review? In our subdivision the roads, parks, street lights etc. were all detailed in the developers’ agreement to develop property. Are such details of costs to the community available and accessible?
We would very much like to see a much more attractive and consistent to Virginia heritage façade on these concrete prison walls showing up all over our region of Loudoun. Frankly, had we required them to be underground with commercial space above ground the community maybe better off. We learned that the proximity to the Mae East terminal is very desirable, too bad we weren’t able to maintain the beauty of Northern Virginia in southern Loudoun while supporting growth of technology enterprises. And as a local resident we sure would have enjoyed shopping, restaurants, and other convenience commercial operations at these desirable locations as well. Look back at the cost benefit to the county, and the residences. Are we confident the data centers are paying their fair share of expenses and inconveniences?
Dennis Murphey, Ashburn