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Residents and the press are getting a glimpse of what [email protected] will be like when Amazon brings their Seattle aesthetic to Arlington Country, Virginia.

Amazon has filed HQ2 development plans to kick off Phase I of its National Landing project.

The company is ” looking to foster a sense of place for our teams and community residents. We are looking to build an urban campus that will allow our employees to think creatively, to be a part of the surrounding community, and to remain connected to the region’s unique culture and environment.”

Here’s how they plan to start:

“Amazon HQ2 is part of the Metropolitan Park site, an existing urban renewal and development project in National Landing. The first phase of our “ground-up” construction will see the redevelopment of a block of vacant warehouses into two new LEED Gold-certified buildings, new retail space for area businesses, and plenty of open space for the community to enjoy. These buildings are the first step to creating an urban campus where our future 25,000 employees and the local community can live, work and play.”

The campus plans incorporate:

Sustainable, LEED Gold-certified buildings
  • A total of 2.1M square feet of energy-efficient office space offering employees state-of-the-art workspaces and green outdoor terraces in two 22-story towers
Street-level retail + restaurants
  • 50,000 square feet of “carefully curated” new retail space hosting shopping and restaurants with emphasis on “locally owned and operated businesses.”
  • A daycare center servicing area residents and Amazon employees, located in the west corner of the north tower
  • The two towers will offer approximately 2,000 underground parking spaces
Public and green spaces
  • Amazon will develop 1.1 acres of new public space designed for a variety of uses, including a dog park, recreation areas, farmers markets
  • Expansion of the green space at Metropolitan Park by about 40%, making it “almost 2 acres. The towers will have roof gardens and some of the other green space may be converted to community garden use, as Amazon has done in Seattle. The increased green space would be privately owned, but publicly accessible.

Bike facilities
  • Space for 600 bikes on-site plus plans to construct a new portion of the cycle path on South Eads Street to help link Arlington’s cycling infrastructure
Direct access to public transportation
  • Two metro stations are located close to AHQ2, in addition to multiple bus lines and a VRE station. A significant number of employees are expected to commute via mass transit, carpool, bike, and/or alternate forms of transportation. The 16-acre, mixed-use development site is sited a few blocks east of the Pentagon City Metro station. Crystal City Metro station is also a short distance from the site and, when completed, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus will be two stops away at Potomac Yard.
Other Components
  • The Metropolitan Park project may also include public art and a potential community banana stand. It’s a popular Seattle perk that offers free fruit.

The plans are subject to approval by Arlington County.