Loudoun’s data center alley is creeping westward.
This week, the Town Council was set to entertain the signing of a non-disclosure agreement with Microsoft Corporation, which would preclude certain information from being publicly released. According to the staff report, Microsoft made the request, at least in part to protect proprietary information related to its security systems included in its engineering and construction plans as well as utility usage information.
According to a Town of Leesburg staff report, Microsoft has proposed to construct a data center in the Compass Creek development. Last year the company purchased 332 acres—a majority of the land in the mixed-use development—from Peterson Companies for a reported $73 million.
Although the staff report on the non-disclosure agreement listed only one data center in the first phase of the project, an additional report lists up to four data centers in the project’s second phase.
In addition to the Microsoft campus, the 550-acre development includes the ION International Training Center and a new Walmart SuperCenter. AtHome, a home decor store, has also purchased property in the development. The development is approved for the construction of 2.5 million square feet of office space, 550,000 square feet of retail development, 300,000 square feet of flex-industrial uses, and a hotel.
The Compass Creek property falls within the portion of the Joint Land Management Area that the town is eyeing for a boundary line adjustment with the county. That process is ongoing.
A vote to consider the signing of the non-disclosure agreement was anticipated for Tuesday, after this paper’s deadline. Checkloudounnow.comfor updates.