Prologis Inc. has filed for special exceptions to convert warehouses into data centers in Sterling, Virginia.

The company is seeking permission for extra density above what the existing zoning allows at 42121 and 45181 Global Plaza, reports the Washington Business Journal.

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42121 & 45181 Global Plaza, Sterling – Google Maps

The development site spans approximately 10 acres, with by-right development of 261,000 sq ft (24,248 sqm). Prologis is hoping to increase this to around 436,000 sq ft (40,506 sqm).

The application said that this increase was to “respond to the changing market demands and the development pattern of the surrounding area.” The application does not specifically state that the site will be for data center use, but the additional density makes the prospect likely.

The plots of land currently house two adjacent commercial industrial buildings, each about 81,000 sq ft (7,525 sqm), and form part of a three-building warehouse park known as Global Plaza South. The third building is owned separately and not part of the application.

In January 2024, Prologis also filed for a similar project - special exception rezoning at warehouse properties - located nearby. That project would see 750,000 sq ft (69,677 sqm) of data centers, above the 450,000 sq ft (41,806 sqm) allowed there by right.

In October 2023, Prologis was filing for two rezoning also in Sterling at 113 and 22660 Executive Drive – and another at the nearby 45120 Global Plaza to allow any permitted uses there under a broad industry category including data centers.

The company is also currently developing a data center nearby in partnership with Skybox. The companies are developing a 30MW, 210,500 sq ft facility on 10 acres at 22675 Dulles Summit Court, some 500 ft away as the crow flies but a 1-mile drive.

Skybox has partnered with Prologis for a number of data center developments across the US. In Texas, the companies are also developing data centers in Pflugerville in Austin, as well as a 100MW build-to-suit campus in the Plano area of Dallas. The companies also partnered for facilities in Chicago and a 220-acre, 600MW campus in Hutto outside Austin, Texas.