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Bristow residents to protest “runaway data center development” in their community at Sept. 10 rally

Community activists will hold a press conference outside the community of Amberleigh Station in Bristow tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 10, to protest a developer’s plans to build 11 huge data centers within 100 feet of their homes. 

The 11 buildings would contain 300,000 square feet, and measure 80-feet tall, according to site plans recently obtained by Amberleigh Station HOA President Steve Pleickhardt through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Prince William County Planning Office.

In addition, the community is protesting the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors’  upcoming Sept. 13 vote on a proposal to create “Devlin Technology Park” a few hundred yards east on Linton Hall Road, which would surround Amberleigh Station and Silver Leaf Estates on three sides with data centers 120 feet tall. 

The specific focus of the demonstration will be what a news release called a “horrendous Prince William County site plan that will subject the 170 homes of Amberleigh Station and Silver Leaf Estates and nearby schools and businesses with years of high-decibel construction noise.”

“The noise pollution will continue from ventilation fans and rooftop air conditioning units once the data centers become operational,” the news release said.

The larger issue is “how Prince William County government continues to be overly accommodating to data center development at the peril of its citizens,” the release went on to state. 

The release continued,  “(PW) County’s insufficient noise mitigation measures at Amazon’s Tanner Way data centers highlights the incompatibility of data centers with adjacent residential communities and is a bellwether of what is in store for residents of Bristow and Gainesville (fighting the Prince William Digital Gateway).”

“Runaway data center development is enveloping western Prince William County as citizens feel powerless to alter the determined intentions of insensitive elected officials. Local government needs to halt all data center development adjacent to residential communities until it can demonstrate an understanding of, and remediation for, the profound detrimental effects of what it has already approved,” the release continued.

Organizations represented at the press conference will be:
Amberleigh Station Homeowners Association
Silver Leaf Homeowners Association
HOA Roundtable of Prince William County
Great Oak Homeowners Association

What: Residents protest a horrific site plan that surrounds their homes with 11 data centers and insist the Prince William Board of County Supervisors deny approval of the proposed Devlin Technology Park.
When: Saturday September 10th at 1 PM. (Arrive a bit early.  There is parking within the Amberleigh Station neighborhood and at Bristow Run Elementary across the street.)
Where: At the intersection of Linton Hall Road and Bourne Place in Bristow, VA 20136

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