The Meadowville Technology Park in Enon is beginning to flower like crape myrtles in the summertime. That may be a bit of an overstatement but local and state economic development has been bringing in some major players, especially since the promise of a new interchange from Interstate 295 has been completed.
The Amazon fulfillment facility, which will bring to Chesterfield as many as 1,000 jobs is nearing completion and will be shipping goods to consumers by the end of October. The building is abuzz with activity as workers complete parking areas and begin assembling shelving racks on the interior of the mammoth facility, which equals about seven Walmarts.
But that’s not the only enterprise committed to the technology park. Economic development recently announced a deal with Capital One worth $150 million to establish a new data center at Meadowville. This Virginia data center is part of Capital One’s core IT infrastructure that incorporates new technologies to better meet customer needs. Capital One recently completed the acquisitions of ING Direct and HSBC’s US credit card portfolio. The project will create at least 50 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas for the project.
“In today’s environment, information technology is a ompetitive advantage,” said Rob Alexander, Chief Information Officer of Capital One Financial Corporation. “With the new Chesterfield data center as a key element of the company’s simplified and automated infrastructure, we are proud to continue our strong relationship with Virginia and expand our workforce here.”
“Capital One is a national giant in both banking and technology,” said Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chairman Daniel Gecker. “The location of their state-of- the-art data center in Chesterfield County will result in a great partnership for years to come.”
Will Davis, director of Chesterfields economic develop department, said the deals hinged on the new interchange, which gives businesses easy access to the interstate. “If there had been no interchange there would not have been Amazon or Capital One,” he said.
Economic development had the idea of this interchange as far back as 15 years ago when they put an option on the 1,300 acres. Six years ago Chesterfield exercised that option under the leadership of the then Bermuda District Supervisor Dickie King.
“It’s really something to get the project done when most were running away from projects like this,” said Chesterfield Administrator, James J.L. Stegmaier, during the opening of the interchange. He said the county worked with the Chester Chamber of Commerce, businesses, the U.S. Congress through Congressman Randy Forbes (R-4) and VDOT to get the funding for the project. “Though, all throughout, it’s been a beautiful project,” he said. “Now it’s up to Will Davis, the county’s economic development director, To finish the job and bring in business to the park.
And bring them in he did. In cooperation with Virginia Economic Development Authority Chesterfield went beyond what was expected when the county acquired the property.
A new road was built by Chesterfield to fulfill the contract with Amazon and the new Capital One, which will be located on the west side of the road leading to Amazon.
Davis said a new roundabout is located at the end of the Meadowville Technology Parkway, with one connector to Amazon and another, which will connect to Enon Church Road when completed.
George Emerson, who owns property adjacent to the technology park and along Enon Church Road, had the parcel rezoned to allow a multi-use development there to serve the employees of the new businesses at the business park, according to Davis.
Northrup Grumman is currently the only business completed and operating in the 1,300 acre technology park, but Amazon is not far behind.
Meadowville Technology Park, at its build-out, will look like a campus of high-tech businesses employing an estimated 7,200 workers and a private investment totaling $2.9 billion and 14.9 million square feet of office and industrial space; the construction of the buildings and infrastructure alone will generate 1,000 jobs in the construction field.
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