Microsoft has filed to build another data center in Southern Virginia’s Mecklenburg County.
The US Army Corps Of Engineers’ Norfolk District this week received a joint permit application for Federal and State permits from the company.
According to the application – listed as LYH03 Bailey – Microsoft is proposing to construct a new data center facility to house servers used in cloud-based computing on land located west of Skipwith Road and north of Butler Farm Road.
“This facility will be constructed as an addition to Microsoft’s established southern Virginia Regional Network Group, which has outgrown current capacity faster than anticipated,” the application said.
Site plans suggest six buildings of equal size – listed as LYH03-08 – on 369 acres of currently greenfield land. Further details weren't included.
According to the US Army, the new campus will result in the permanent loss of more than 5,000 ft of streams and wetlands. The commentary period for the application is open until May 12.
Microsoft has an existing Mecklenburg County campus outside Boydton, around 10 miles from the site of the new proposed campus.
The Boydton campus was first announced in 2010 and built at the cost of nearly $500 million – at the time hailed as the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history. It was expanded repeatedly, first in 2011, then in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The company last year filed for two more campuses in the county; a 132-acre site at 210 Tunstall Road that would feature three buildings, and a 259-acre parcel located at the Lakeside Commerce Park again housing three buildings.
The company has two Azure cloud regions in Virginia – East and East 2 – as well as two government-dedicated zones known as US DoD East and US Gov Virginia.