A former gym site in Ashburn, Virginia, is set to become a data center.

First reported by The Burn, the 54,000 sq ft (5,000 sqm) single-story building has been torn down in preparation for a data center build.

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DataBank's IAD1 site in Ashburn – Google Maps

Located on 21635 Red Rum Drive, Loudoun County, the site formerly belonged to Gold’s Gym, which closed in late 2021.

Details of potential operators and contractors have not been confirmed, however, the site neighbors DataBank’s IAD1 facility, also located at 21635 Red Rum Drive. The IAD1 facility offers 9.9MW of IT capacity over 85,300 sq ft (7,900 sqm) of raised floor space and uses 100 percent renewable energy, according to the company.

Equinix, Aligned, Sabey, NTT, and Intergate also all have facilities less than a mile from the site.

DataBank currently operates three facilities in Virginia; IAD1 and IAD3 in Ashburn and IAD2 in McLean. In total, the three sites offer 52.6MW across 368,350 sq ft (34,220 sqm). The company also acquired 85 acres of land in Culpeper, Virginia, for a data center campus late last year.

Last month, Loudoun County backtracked on a decision to deny the build of a new data center campus less than five miles away on Belmont Ridge Road. The country previously had been seeking to increase regulatory constraints on data centers in the area.

Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William counties house nearly 300 data centers combined and a recent report from DC Byte said 75 percent of the live supply in Virginia is in Loudoun County.

Stack, Prologis, and Peterson Co. are also currently working on data center projects in Loudoun County.