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The proposed "PWC Digital Gateway" could open more than 2,000 acres to future data centers in Prince William County's "rural crescent," including on land bordering the Manassas National Battlefield Park. 

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Prince William already has one of the largest concentrations of data centers in Virginia. The huge, windowless, box-shaped buildings house computer systems critical for running the internet. These data centers photographed here are along Va. 234 in the Manassas area.

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Change4good

Sharon Harvey: OMG get the facts before you spout off with your over the top catastrophizing. Farms are fields, not trees. And there are zoning laws to protect the streams and watersheds. And 5 to 7 stories? Data Centers are not what they used to be: they have made great strides in blending into the environment and not looking like a concrete block any more. And how do you figure the taxpayers will bear the cost of Data Centers? Quite the opposite: they bring in massive tax benefits to the taxpayers: look at Loudoun County. They were able to lower their real estate taxes and are now much lower than ours. And what about all the things residents want, such as improved schools, human services, co-responders with the police, more parks? How do you plan to pay for those? Oh, I know, let's increase taxes on our residents. Or, let's turn these farms into 10 acre lots and 2 acre family subdivisions so they can add additional burden on schools and infrastructure. It's either that or data centers.

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Sharonharvey

So pathetic some people can only think in dollars and the bottom line for them.

InterestedAndInformed

I find it very disheartening to see you all put in print that WE are greedy for wanting to sell our land. We own a large parcel of property and have farmed for over 100 years. That's ONE HUNDRED. You know what else? We weren't overgrown until YOU all moved in here 30, even 50 years ago. 30? 50? That's nothing. Big stinkin' deal. And YOU think it's not greedy to tell a landowner that THEY have to let someone else decide about what they do with THEIR land so YOU government workers can drive by the farm on Sunday afternoons and play like you're a big farmer and say, "look at those cows" (because if you're not a farmer you assume they're ALL cows and not cows and bulls - hilarious)

Act like adults! Or at least try to act like one. You all who complain about the growth are exactly why we have too much growth here already. Did you hear us complain 30 years ago about you moving in here? No, sir. You certainly did not. Because WE all knew growth was inevitable and that you can't stop the future. How about THIS solution? If you don't want growth, why don't you go out and buy up all the land yourself? Yes, that's a great idea. Then you can keep it all free for passersby to gauck at your little hobby farm and say, "look at that cow -- that lonely little cow. Is that better?

Sharonharvey

You are advocating killing trees and streams and beautiful open country to put in humongous, soulless concrete blocks 5-7 stories tall surrounded by tall rows of electro-magnetic cables. Please do not let your love of money and a perceived magic bullet cloud your decisions. You are playing out Jack and the Beanstalk and magic beans. Our ending will be giant industries building infrastructure we tax payers will pay for. When data centers are no longer required in a few years, the trees will be gone, the groundwater will be disrupted and gone, the Occoquan will be a siltated slow-flowing sludge. Do not take the easy way of accepting money from big industry and out of state builders/developers. These are bribes for them to get a foothold in this county and to cross-cut acres of trees that are in their way! The same trees we look at for their beauty and contribution to healthy environment and our quality of life. Please do not allow these data centers!

InterestedAndInformed

You don't know your facts Sharon. Only some of the data centers end up like this and cause these issues. If you knew what I know, you'd be singing a different tune. Stay tuned!

InterestedAndInformed

Sharonharvey, there are so many wrong statements in this paragraph. But one I have to bring up, how do you think you taxpayers are going to have to pay for anything? Have you not done your research? A data center can bring in as much as $64,000,000 in tax revenue (that's a 2020 finding in Loudon I believe) EVERY SINGLE YEAR. That's a low figure. And that's only the land alone. Then there's the revenue that the businesses themselves will bring in. I guess you weren't here years ago when one of our supervisors GAVE AWAY the chance at being given a school but instead, purchased one for multimillions of dollars. She knows who she is. If those supervisors can't look out for us, somebody else has to. I would think that that school raised your taxes. In addition, the future is here. What makes you think data centers will have an end-of-life? Can't think that way now can we? After all, none of us know what's going to happen in a few years, just like we can't predict a store will stay in business forever, then one day we drive down the road and see it empty. What a shame. They didn't leave a tree there for you guys. And another thing, have you ever farmed? Do you have a retirement? Do you have paid-time-off? I bet you go on vacation with your family, don't you? Wow, wonder what that must be like. You know what? You can't take a vacation from a farm. And you're comment "the same trees WE look at for their beauty" -- exactly. Get your own trees. They sell them at Lowe's you know.

Hawkeye10

This is exactly what I originally posted a month ago in one of the first articles covering the R.C., that the Data Centers were the end-game. Because they want more "land" to bring these to the county. That was the end game, and now its beginning of their game against the land and its preservationists.

InterestedAndInformed

First of all, you haven't got all your facts straight. I'm a landowner in the rural crescent, LOTS of land, and you're generalizing. Not ALL data centers are representative here. Check your facts. Oh, that's right -- you don't know what they are.

Hawkeye10

Yes I do, I know not ALL data centers are representative in the R.C. Im talking about, the ones that Are representative in the R.C. Second, whos going to interfere with you if you decide to sell your land? What statue says you cant sell your land? That doesn't make any sense, you can sell your land, but there may be zoning restrictions on that land to the developer. Maybe its not your ideal sale, but no one is preventing you from selling your land....

Right?

PWuser

Look at that photo, data centers are solid cement. How horrible for our county to allow this. Imagine neighboring something so heinous. Shame on those greedy property owners and BOCS if they vote this in.

Hawkeye10

Ann wheeler & Co. (Public servants in bureaucratic jumpsuits) need to be "wheeled" out of our county for good.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

InterestedAndInformed

Thank goodness for Ann Wheeler, a breath of fresh air and insight and finally, someone with good sense.

PWCLiberty

"Rich white developers own angry black supervisor." There's no shock in a Ghadban defrauding residents (Google "Battlefield Builders"). There's a sad irony in Democrats playing the cat's paw.

InterestedAndInformed

Wow, that's not racist at all. Victor Angry is a godsend as are the other new ones with open minds and a future vision. Thank you Mr. Angry for representing those of us who have been stepped on for the last 22 years.

Catharpin411

Lol...those two faux humans prove that we all have our price and after years and years of fighting development the price for becoming a Traitor was simply too much and they sold their soul, they their family name, they sold their Heritage they sold us out.

They are dead to us now.

Thanks Supervisors for kicking down the door for Development in what was once beautiful. Now we will become Centreville or worse DomimioN Valley

ed1

Absolutely disgusting. There's no need to rip up every tree in the county in the name of streaming services.

InterestedAndInformed

Once again . . . (how many times do I have to repeat myself?) ALL data centers are not the same. Some, will cause no more traffic than there is now. Some, will not even be where you can see them. Some will not even be seen. Stop your generalizing. It's shows an amount of "uneducation" on your part.

InterestedAndInformed

Once again . . . "every tree". Know your facts eddy!

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