Two-Tower Community in Amazon’s HQ2 Gets Green Light

JBG SMITH's proposed development would bring 811 new residential units to National Landing.

1900 Crystal Drive. Image courtesy of JBG SMITH

JBG SMITH has received the green light for its proposed two-tower residential development in National Landing, the new Amazon headquarters across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The developer said it had secured all the necessary approvals from Arlington County, Md., to build the project at 1900 Crystal Drive, which is expected to bring about 811 residential units to the neighborhood.

The approved plans call for a 27-story southern tower with 472 apartments and a 26-floor northern tower offering 339 apartments. Amenities will include a private rooftop and green spaces for residents, along with 40,000 square feet of street-level retail across the Cook Fox-designed buildings.

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The development will also include site plan improvements such as a grand staircase connecting to a central park, enhanced streetscapes and public bike facilities. In a statement, JBG SMITH said it would evaluate market conditions, costs and “other capital allocation priorities” before starting construction on the fully entitled project.

National Landing takes off

Chosen by Amazon for its new headquarters, or HQ2, in 2018, National Landing is a new interconnected, walkable neighborhood in Northern Virginia that encompasses parts of the Crystal City and Pentagon City neighborhoods of Arlington County and Potomac Yard in the city of Alexandria. 

The e-commerce firm tapped JBG SMITH, a commercial and multifamily builder focused on the nation’s capital, as the project’s developer, leasing agent and property manager. Amazon plans to bring up to 37,850 jobs to the market over the next decade. National Landing is adjacent to Reagan National Airport and is accessible via Interstate 395, three Metro stations, a station on the Virginia Railway Express commuter line and other transit options.

JBG SMITH, which has more than 12.7 million square feet of office and retail space and more than 7,000 residential units in the metro area, submitted plans last year for the redevelopment of roughly 2.6 million square feet across five multifamily buildings and one office property in National Landing.

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