I am responding to the March 3 comments by Dylan Diggs, a candidate for Frederick County Council at large. Mr. Diggs mourns the “loss” of the Amazon data center. However, agricultural land should not be lost to the installation of a data center.
If there is a place in Frederick County for data centers, it is on brownfields, such as the old Alcoa Plant. Then the new installation is a form of restoration. The promised economic benefit of such an industry is welcome if properly sited. Agricultural land such as the 600 acres along Interstate 270 in the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape should not become an industrial complex. Other agricultural land is equally unsuitable.