ARLINGTON, Va. - When Amazon announced that half of its second headquarters will be located in Arlington – it may have also created an entirely new neighborhood.
The company described the new neighborhood, National Landing, in its official statement:
"National Landing is an urban community in Northern Virginia located less than 3 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. The area is served by 3 Metro stations, commuter rail access, and Reagan National Airport – all within walking distance. The community has a variety of hotels, restaurants, high-rise apartment buildings, retail, and commercial offices. National Landing has abundant parks and open space with sports and cultural events for residents of all ages throughout the year."
Virginia Tech says National Landing will encompass parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington, and Potomac Yard in Alexandria.
Virginia Tech Innovation Campus – which will be located less than two miles from the new facility – was a major attraction for Amazon, according to the university.
University President Tim Sands said:
“Launching the Innovation Campus is a watershed moment for Virginia Tech and a great day for the commonwealth we are committed to serve. As the land-grant research institution, we stepped up to claim our role of driving economic development by leveraging our strengths in technology and engineering and building on our strong partnerships in Washington, D.C. The Innovation Campus will bring together the highest-caliber students, world-class faculty, smart ideas, and forward-thinking companies. It’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Virginia Tech to grow. All areas of our university will benefit.”
Known primarily for its retail service, Amazon in recent years has branched out in a number of tech avenues ranging from web services to groceries and beyond.