Microsoft Corp. now has acquired 92.6 additional acres of potential data center land in Prince William County. The Redmond, Washington, software and cloud computing giant has recorded two land tract purchases in Bristow — an 83-acre acquisition off Devlin Road for $83.84 million and a 9.6-acre purchase near the corner of Wellington Road and Piney Branch Lane for $11.25 million.

Both land sales are attributed to companies registered at the same Sterling address — the 83-acre tract from D.R. Gainesville LLC, a company incorporated in October 2019, while the Wellington Road sale came from JK Land Holdings II LLC, incorporated in May 2016.

Chuck Kuhn, founder, CEO and president of Sterling-based JK Moving Services, confirmed that the real estate arm of his company sold the two parcels as data center deals with Microsoft and that they finalized the transaction about a week ago. Kuhn, a prolific landowner in Northern Virginia, particularly in Loudoun County, has made millions of dollars selling land for data centers.

The average cost of both purchases is just north of $1 million an acre and comes as Microsoft has been expanding its land holdings in Prince William County, including a $29 million buy of 11314 Balls Ford Road in Manassas last October.

The purchases come as the expansive economic growth of Loudoun’s data center industry has spilled over to other parts of the D.C. region. Prior to Friday’s sale, Microsoft had obtained at least 440 acres in Loudoun and Prince William for data center development.

The data center industry has also recently extended its reach into Maryland, with Alcoa Corp. selling the site of a former aluminum smelter facility in Frederick County this week for $100 million to a joint venture between Quantum Loophole and TPG Real Estate Partners with the intent to develop it as a future data center site.

 

(WBJ)