In 2022, NIMBY activists fought a pitched battle with data center owners and operators to keep the Northern Virginia data center hub—the largest in North America—from expanding into rural parts of the state.

The developers won, and several hyperscale data center projects have moved forward in Prince William County.

This week, the largest data center customer in the US opened what may be a new frontier in the expansion of the data center cluster in NoVa: Amazon announced plans to demolish up to a dozen suburban office buildings in Loudoun and Fairfax counties and replace them will new server farms.

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