Peterson grabs 46 acres from U.S. Tennis Association, eyes data center

WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL – Fairfax-based Peterson Cos. continues to expand its Prince William County footprint with the acquisition of a 46-acre site previously slated to become a tennis recreation facility.

Peterson moved to acquire the Manassas-area land, zoned for data center usage, from the Mid-Atlantic division of the United States Tennis Association in December for $7 million after the organization scrapped initial plans to build the tennis facility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said Taylor Chess, Peterson’s president of development.

USTA Mid-Atlantic, which has an office in Herndon, acquired the property at 8996 Ellsworth Road for $2.25 million in 2018. Peterson was hired in November 2019 to help build the 105,000-square-foot recreation facility, which was to include and USTA’s Mid-Atlantic headquarters.

Lauren Hoffman, USTA’s Mid-Atlantic director of marketing and communication, said the organization is still interested in delivering on a true headquarters that includes a tennis facility in Prince William County or Greater Washington more broadly.

“Our vision going into the project initially when we purchased the land was tennis infrastructure, as well as other amenities,” Hoffman said in an interview. “Peterson has that expertise in development so that was a great synergy for that ultimate vision.”

Chess said USTA having some sort of presence on the site is not completely off the table since the land is divided into three different parcels, though the recreational facility is not a priority at the moment.

Peterson decided to acquire the site in part because it’s located in Innovation Park, which has data center overlay district zoning, and is close to another 125-acre parcel of data center land that the company owns off Hornbaker Road, according to Chess.

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