Office, Data Center Project Promises $2.5M for Shellhorn

 Project Nova, the newest iteration of a proposed development near the intersection of Loudoun County Parkway and the Dulles Greenway, could come with a $2.49 million contribution toward the extension of Shellhorn Road, plus land to extend Lockridge Road.

The 23-acre site will be bordered to the north by Shellhorn and to the east by Lockridge, if and when those roads are completed. The road money and land would help connect the two roads by extending Shellhorn east and Lockridge north, providing motorists with an east-west alternative to the Greenway’s tolls.

The land is part of Loudoun Parkway Center, proposed in 1990 as an office park. Today, the owners plan more than 400,000 square feet of office space or more than 600,000 square feet of data center space. The property is next to other major data center projects, like the Digital Realty campus off Loudoun County Parkway.

Loudoun Parkway Center is also where the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 3 agreed to buy 25 acres for $17.7 million, land that also will help connect Shellhorn and Lockridge

Supervisors held a public hearing on the proposal Oct. 10 at which no members of the public spoke. Supervisors approved the proposal 8-0-1 with County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) absent.

Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) said it would bring “well over a billion dollars of economic development to the county once developed.”

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