Developer considering distribution or data center near Balls Ford Road | Securities

A North Carolina developer is seeking approval from Prince William County to set up its second distribution center in the Manassas area, but the company is also considering building a data center on the property.

SunCap Property Group of Charlotte, North Carolina, applied on March 18 to amend the terms of a 2015 rezoning of 28.35 acres at 10920 Balls Ford Road.

In 2015, the county rezoned 128.4 acres spread across the intersection of Balls Ford Road and Ashton Avenue from agricultural use to planned mixed-use district and planned mixed residential zoning.

The 2015 rezoning authorized 255 townhouses, 161 single-family homes, 1 million square feet of office space, and 115,000 square feet of unspecified commercial uses.

The rezoning covered three unconnected parcels. Construction took place only on the residential part.

SunCap’s request applies to an undeveloped portion north of Balls Ford Road owned by Tysons-based NVC LLC.

The primary purpose of the application is to add distribution and distribution centers to the permitted uses on the property, which is zoned into a planned mixed-use neighborhood, office building and industrial building.

The application says the review would allow the undeveloped property to support 1 million square feet of office space, 637,500 industrial uses and a 250,000 square foot distribution and processing center.

“The addition of the use of the distribution and fulfillment center…is designed to provide the necessary flexibility in the marketing, development and use of the property,” the request states.

However, the application would add a section to the design guidelines for the data center-related property that was not included in the 2015 rezoning. Additionally, rather than a mix of uses, the added section indicates that the property could be developed for 1 million square feet of office uses, 637,570 square feet of industrial uses, or 1.3 million square feet of data centers.

The property is in the county’s Data Center Opportunity Zone Overlay District, which is designated to reduce regulatory barriers for the industry.

SunCap has built a variety of projects across the country, including four in Virginia, including a 175,300 square foot FedEx Ground facility in the Wellington to Prince William area.

According to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, FedEx is one of SunCap’s largest customers. The newspaper reported that SunCap received approval in May for a 225,000 square foot facility near Wilkesboro, North Carolina, with local officials saying it would be for FedEx.

No public meeting has been scheduled on the project.

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