Major Milestone Reached in Creation of Amazon Headquarters at National Landing in Northern Virginia
CHEVY CHASE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2019--JBG SMITH ( NYSE: JBGS ), a leading owner and developer of high-quality, mixed-use properties in the Washington, DC market, is pleased to share the news that all government incentives and investment packages negotiated in conjunction with Amazon’s decision to locate its second headquarters within JBG SMITH’s National Landing assets in Northern Virginia have been approved.
On Saturday, March 16, the five elected members of the Arlington County Board unanimously approved a performance agreement pertaining to Amazon’s National Landing headquarters. The incentive agreement provides Amazon with up to $23 million over 15 years if it creates at least 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000 annually and occupies 6 million square feet of office space in the County by 2035. The agreement contemplates that the performance-based incentives will be paid by allocating a portion of the increase in hotel tax revenues anticipated as a result of Amazon’s National Landing headquarters.
According to the Arlington Economic Development Commission, the County will realize a $14 return for every $1 that Amazon earns in performance-based incentives. The additional tax revenues generated by Amazon’s National Landing headquarters will be used to invest in improvements to the County’s schools, affordable housing, parks and transportation network.
“The Arlington County Board’s unanimous support for Amazon’s HQ2 project represents a major milestone in the collective effort to establish National Landing as a global hub for innovation and technology,” said JBG SMITH CEO, Matt Kelly. “Saturday’s vote is a clear reflection of the Northern Virginia community’s strong embrace of a visionary project that will create tens of thousands of jobs, dramatically increase local tax revenues, and spur major new investments in the region’s transportation, affordable housing, and educational infrastructure.”
In late January of this year, the Virginia General Assembly overwhelmingly approved legislation to provide Amazon with up to $750 million in performance-related incentives and committed $250 million toward Virginia Tech’s planned $1 billion Innovation Campus to be located in National Landing. Combined with Saturday’s Arlington Board vote, approval has now been secured for all of the government’s pledged support as part of a November 2018 Memorandum of Understanding with Amazon.
In conjunction with its November 2018 agreements with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Arlington County, Amazon announced that it had selected JBG SMITH as its partner to house and develop a new headquarters location at National Landing. Amazon is expected to lease approximately 537,000 square feet of existing JBG SMITH office space, starting with 241 18th Street and 1800 South Bell this year, followed by 1770 Crystal Drive in 2020.
Amazon is also expected to purchase JBG SMITH’s Pen Place and Met 6, 7 and 8 development sites in Pentagon City on which JBG SMITH plans to develop 4.1 million square feet of modern office space for Amazon. JBG SMITH expects to serve as the developer, property manager and retail leasing agent for the project.
National Landing is the newly defined interconnected and walkable neighborhood that encompasses Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard. Situated across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, National Landing is a best-located, urban community known for its adjacency to Reagan National Airport and walkable environment featuring offices, apartments and hotels. In National Landing, JBG SMITH owns 6.2 million square feet of existing office space, 2,850 units of existing multifamily space, and controls 7.4 million square feet of additional development opportunities, excluding Amazon’s proposed land purchase.
In addition to its work with Amazon at National Landing, JBG SMITH broke ground late last year on Central District Retail, an approximately 109,000 net rentable square feet entertainment and shopping destination that will serve as the retail heart of National Landing. JBG SMITH also expects to commence construction next year on 1900 Crystal Drive, which is expected to deliver two residential towers with shops and green spaces at the base. When completed, these two projects are expected to deliver over 750 apartments and almost 150,000 square feet of new street-level retail featuring an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, specialty grocer, restaurants, bars, and other experiential offerings. Although the base case for the 1900 Crystal Drive development assumes multifamily construction, the project could switch to office in the event of a substantial or full building pre-lease.
About JBG SMITH
JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops assets concentrated in leading urban infill submarkets in and around Washington, DC. Our mixed-use operating portfolio comprises approximately 19 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% of which are Metro-served. With a focus on placemaking, JBG SMITH drives synergies across the portfolio and creates amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods. JBG SMITH’s future development pipeline includes over 19.0 million square feet of potential development density. For additional information on JBG SMITH please visit www.jbgsmith.com.
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