One year after Amazon selected Arlington for its second headquarters, the e-commerce giant’s plans are on track in Northern Virginia. Amazon named Arlington, Virginia, and New York City the twin sites of its planned expansion on November 13, 2018. However, New York backed out after strong opposition from residents and political leaders, leaving the entire field to Arlington. Presently, about 300 Amazon employees are working in 120,000 square feet of leased office space in Crystal City.
According to wtop.com, “Earlier this year, Arlington County approved $23 million in growth incentives over 15 years tied to the floor space Amazon occupies — eventually, Amazon is expected to occupy more than 6 million square feet of office space in Pentagon City.”
Matt Mattauszek, Pentagon City/Crystal City coordinator with the county’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development said, “Existing office spaces in Crystal City will be occupied, then they will transition over to Pentagon City, which will represent new construction.”
As per wtop.com, “Arlington County is currently reviewing plans to build in Pentagon City Amazon’s two 22-story high-rises with space for offices and retail around a 1-acre park. Arlington County is providing infrastructure improvements, some of which have been in the works since before Amazon chose its HQ2 site. The projects include extending by an additional mile the north-south transitway through Crystal City; constructing an eastern entrance to the Crystal City Metro station; reconfiguring some traffic patterns; and improving connectivity between Crystal City and Pentagon City.”