- Amazon has canceled its plans to build part of its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, leaving Northern Virginia as the sole HQ2 site.
- The company intends to carve out a new neighbourhood called National Landing, which consists of urban districts in Arlington and Alexandria.
- The National Landing headquarters will stretch 4.1 million square feet, with the goal of accommodating 25,000 new employees.
On Thursday, Amazon reversed its decision to split its second headquarters (known as HQ2) between Northern Virginia and Queens.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the company said in a statement.
Amazon also said that the company will not seek a replacement location for the Long Island City headquarters, but will continue with its planned community in Northern Virginia.
The name of that site, National Landing, confounded locals when it was announced in November 2018.
“Amazon is so stupid rich [and] powerful they literally just rebranded an entire city,” one writer tweeted.
According to the official page for Northern Virginia’s HQ2 bid, National Landing consists of three “connected urban districts”: two in Arlington (Crystal City and Pentagon City) and one in Alexandria (Potomac Yard).
It’s essentially a new neighbourhood carved out by Amazon, though many of the details remain unclear.
Much of the property in the area is currently held by local developer JBG Smith, which has given Amazon exclusive rights to purchase some of its land and lease space in several of its buildings. As development commences on what’s now Amazon’s sole new headquarters, the company plans to rent out 500,000 square feet of office space for incoming employees.
JBG Smith has kick-started many of its unfinished projects in the wake of Amazon’s initial decision, including a shopping and entertainment district with a 49,000-square-foot theatre.
Here’s what National Landing could eventually look like.
Amazon’s National Landing headquarters will stretch 4.1 million square feet, with the goal of accommodating 25,000 new employees.
The new headquarters will likely be located at Pen Place, a development site in Pentagon City.
One of the centerpieces of National Landing will be a 130,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment space known as Central District Retail.
Construction on the neighbourhood’s “retail heart,” which includes specialty stores, grocers, and restaurants, has already begun.
The district will be anchored by a 49,000-square-foot Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
JBG Smith plans to build 750 new housing units at the renovated 1900 Crystal Drive, a multifamily apartment building.
The developer is also updating 1800 South Bell Street, one of three existing properties that Amazon will occupy.
The tech giant will take up all of the office space at 1770 Crystal Drive, a 272,000-square-foot building.
Amazon employees will have the option to rent or purchase homes at The Bartlett, a 23-story luxury apartment complex with a private Whole Foods entrance.
Virginia’s agreement with Amazon includes up to $US295 million for transportation projects, including additional entrances at the Crystal City and Potomac Yard metro stations.
Source: Business Wire
Arlington and Alexandria have set aside an additional $US570 million for new streets, rail connections, and transit facilities.
Source: Business Wire
Locals can access the second Crystal City metro entrance from a public plaza at Central District Retail.
By the time the sites arrive, employees and locals may have grown accustomed to the area’s new name.