Amazon selects Northern Virginia site for second headquarters

WCN Editorial Team 14 Nov 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

American e-commerce giant Amazon has announced that it will establish its second headquarters (HQ2) at a site in Northern Virginia, US.

The announcement has been made after a 14-month search during which the company received bids from 238 locations across the US, Canada and Mexico. Northern Virginia and New York City will be part of HQ2.

The Northern Virginia site, called National Landing, is located on the Crystal City area of Arlington County.

Fairfax and Loudoun counties had submitted a site called Innovation Station, which is located adjacent to Metro and Washington Dulles International Airport and is close to an Amazon Web Services east coast campus and company data centres.

The setting up of the second headquarters is expected to create thousands jobs and billions of dollars in investment in the Washington, DC, region.

Innovation Station is currently available to organisations looking for a campus location in the Washington region.

The 338-acre site is situated in a community that offers local and regional talent, particularly in software development and related fields, and has easy access to rail, road and air transportation.

The company’s new National Landing HQ will be located across the street from Pentagon Centre mixed-use redevelopment taken up by Kimco Realty.

According to Kimco Realty, the Pentagon Centre Signature Series mixed-use redevelopment will be able to capitalise on the economic growth expected to follow Amazon’s selection of site for National Landing in Arlington, Virginia.

It is a redevelopment of a 329,000ft² retail centre located above the Pentagon City Metro Station, and is also in close proximity to The Pentagon, Downtown DC, and Reagan National Airport.

Phase I of the redevelopment, currently under construction, includes The Witmer, a 26-storey residential tower with 440 luxury apartment units and 7,000ft² of retail on the ground floor. Residential leasing for Phase I is expected to begin in 2019.

Phase II will include an additional 11-storey residential tower with 253 units, along with 16,000ft² of new retail.

Kimco has also secured entitlements for future phases. The completion of these phases will result in a fully developed site that will include 346,000ft² of retail; 705,000ft² of office space; and a 200-room hotel in addition to the 693 residential units, taking the total project size to two million ft².

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Image: Pentagon Centre proximity to Amazon’s National Landing HQ. Photo: Courtesy of Kimco Realty Corporation.

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