Amazon secures approval to build second headquarters in Virginia

WCN Editorial Team 18 Dec 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

American e-commerce company Amazon has secured approval from the Arlington County Board for the construction of the first phase of its second headquarters in Virginia.

The approval clears the way to transform 6.2 acres of Metropolitan Park near Pentagon City from abandoned 1950s era warehouses and surface parking into the first phase of Amazon’s new headquarters.

To be built at 1232-1450 S. Eads Street and 501 and 525 15th Street S, the 2.1 million ft² mixed-use project includes a $20m contribution to affordable housing, two new public streets, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, street-level retail space and an underground parking garage.

Two 22-storey towers will vary significantly in height across the site, from a low of three stories adjacent to the public spaces, with a central core up to 22 floors.

The developer has committed to contribute .56 acres of open space to the central public open space planned for in the 2004 Metropolitan Park Design Guidelines along with two additional public open space areas, totalling approximately 18,000ft², facing the central park.

The developer will also donate $225,000 to the Arlington County Public Art Fund.

The project includes the construction of two new public streets on the site by breaking the existing “super block”. It also includes sidewalk and streetscape improvements along all frontages.

The underground parking garage is expected to provide nearly 1,983 parking spaces and the office buildings will provide 500 bicycle spaces for employees and an additional 120 visitor bicycle spaces around the site.

The project also includes the upgrade of existing protected bike lanes and three existing bus stops will be relocated and constructed as floating bus islands with a bus shelter and ADA accessible boarding area.

Arlington County board chair Christian Dorsey said: “It will bring us significantly closer to fulfilling the community’s vision of Pentagon City as an urban neighbourhood with a better balance of office, residential and retail development, more and better public spaces, and more and better access for pedestrians and cyclists.”

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Image: Rendering of Metropolitan Park in Pentagon City. Photo: courtesy of Arlington County Government.

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