Microsoft reveals first plans for Leesburg property

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has submitted the first applications to begin building data centers in Leesburg on 332 acres it acquired from the Peterson Cos. in 2018.

A pair of filings indicate the first phase will include two data centers, the first of which, Phase 1A, will be 250,000 square feet and involve a $200 million investment on Microsoft’s part. The data center is expected to create 40 jobs, according to the submission.

Microsoft officials were not immediately available for comment.

Loudoun is expected to fast track the applications, meaning construction will start almost immediately after Microsoft receives its approvals.

The development team includes Microsoft design manager Gregory Deeney, professional services firms Dewberry and Arup, and Chicago-based Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects, which bills itself as having designed “some of the largest and most complex data centers in the world.”

Microsoft paid $73 million for the majority of Peterson’s Compass Creek,…

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