The makings of a massive new section of a Henrico County technology park are beginning to take shape.
An application was filed with the county planning department last week for the development of two single-story data center buildings totaling 974,000 square feet on county-owned land at 5900 Elko Road in Sandston’s White Oak Technology Park, near Interstates 64 and 295.
The application was filed by the Henrico County Economic Development Authority and is code-named Project Echo. It’s signed by EDA director Gary McLaren.
EDA deputy director Toney Hall would not comment about the pending application nor discuss details about Project Echo, including the future users of the space once completed and how much the project would cost.
Delaware-based Scout Development LLC is listed on the application as the developer. The company did not return multiple calls for comment Wednesday afternoon. Manassas-based Christopher Consultants is listed as the engineer.
The two buildings may be part of a larger future development. The application states: “The development is master planned for five buildings on two parcels totaling approximately 302.07 acres.”
The application does not include details for a timeline of the project.
While the EDA would not comment on Project Echo, the county does see data centers as big business. In April, the Board of Supervisors approved a slashing of property taxes for data centers by nearly 90 percent – from $3.50 per $100 of assessed value to $0.40 per $100 of assessed value – a measure county leaders hope will help land more large-scale data centers.
The approved property tax cut took effect July 1.
White Oak is already home to at least one data center. QTS, a publicly traded data center operator, has a 1.5 million-square-foot campus on 210 acres on Technology Boulevard.
Other tenants in the 1,500-acre tech park include Hewlett Packard, Lumber Liquidators and Bank of America.