November 19, 2018

Weekly News: November 19th – 25th

Congratulations to NAIOP Award Winners!

Last week, NAIOP Northern Virginia held the Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards, recognizing and celebrating significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community. Congratulations to Alexandria winner:


Award of Excellence – Building Adaptive Re-Use

Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School

This Week: Events & Activities

The Del Ray Business Association will hold their regularly scheduled monthly lunch. The meeting will feature Stephanie Landrum from the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership discussing Amazon HQ2 (Mon. 11/19 at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Registration Required).


Visit Alexandria will hold their regularly scheduled Board of Governors Meeting this week (Mon. 11/19 at 5:00 – 6:30 PM, AEDP Boardroom, 625 N. Washington St. Suite 400).


The City of Alexandria will hold a virtual information session to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the recent announcement that Amazon will locate a major corporate headquarters and Virginia Tech will build an Innovation Campus in National Landing, the area comprising Potomac Yard in Alexandria and Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington County. Panelists will include City Manager Mark JinksDirector of Transportation and Environmental Services Yon Lambert,Director of Planning and Zoning Karl Moritz, Director of Housing Helen McIlvaine, and Stephanie Landrum, President and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. Panelists will give a brief presentation and answer questions from the public, which may be submitted in advance, online during the information session, or by phone or text.(Mon. 11/19 at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Facebook Live)


The City of Alexandria Waterfront Commission will hold their regularly scheduled meeting where agenda items include a Torpedo Factory Update and a King Street Park at the Waterfront Naming Process Update (Tues. 11/20 at 7:30 – 9:30 AM, Sister Cities Conference Room City Hall, 301 King St.).


Members of the Virginia General Assembly will hold a public hearing (Tues. 11/20 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, City Hall, Council Chamber, 301 King St.).


Small Business Saturday is bigger than ever in the D.C. region’s Shop Small headquarters, where more than 50 independently owned boutiques in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray will offer special in-store activities. The popular Elf Prize Patrol returns from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. treating shoppers with surprise giveaways in Old Town as well as Del Ray. Other highlights include free parking at parking meters, pop-up musical performances from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. by The Alexandria Singers and the Alexandria Citizens Band, a postcard pop-up from Penny Post, special activities at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, hands-on arts activities by the Mobile Art Lab and holiday tunes and cheer by DJ Josh Goldman.


Small Business Saturday is part of a weekend of “Shop Small” festivities in Alexandria that includes an alternative Black Friday experience and first-ever Museum Store Sunday. Alexandria’s Small Business Saturday is a partnership of Visit Alexandria, the City of Alexandria, the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Old Town Boutique District and the Del Ray Business Association.


The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Upcoming: Events & Activities

Shop local this holiday season! AEDP and Hotel Indigo have partnered to host local, woman-owned businesses for weekend pop-ups this holiday season. On November 24-25, Second Daughter will show off jewelry that owner and artist Jessica Speckhard describes as embracing both minimalism and maximalism. A portion of proceeds from the pop-ups at Hotel Indigo will be donated to ACT for Alexandria, an organization that distributes grants for revitalization of the Alexandria area and community (Sat. 11/24 & Sun. 11/25 at 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, The Hotel Indigo Library, 220 S Union St.).

In the News


These are the projects on the boards for Crystal City, Pentagon City and Potomac Yard – Washington Business Journal

Amazon HQ2 decision: Amazon splits prize between Crystal City and New York – Washington Post

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations – Wall Street Journal 

It’s official: Amazon splits prize between Crystal City and New York – Washington Post

Amazon HQ2 to benefit from more than $2.4 billion in incentives from Virginia, New York and Tennessee – Washington Post

Vacant buildings in Crystal City provide available space for HQ2 to start operations – WUSA 9

Did Amazon Just Rename Crystal City? Something called “National Landing” will be home to HQ2 – Washingtonian

Public Money, Private Records: Parts Of The Amazon Deal Concern Critics – WAMU


Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus, not cash – Washington Post

Behind the deal: How Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus near HQ2 came together – Washington Business Journal 

Amazon arrival spurs Virginia Tech to build technology campus in Northern Virginia – Washington Post

Inside Project Cooper: How Virginia Tech Helped Land Amazon without the Biggest Incentive Check – The Roanoke Times

Virginia Tech will open a $1 billion campus in Northern Virginia next to Amazon HQ2 – Richmond Times Dispatch

To help draw Amazon, Virginia Tech planned a $1B campus near DC – Education Dive

Virginia Tech’s Promise to Build a new Campus Helped Seal Amazon’s Virginia Headquarters Deal – Forbes



Duo delivers Amazon’s HQ2 and ‘National Landing’ moniker to Crystal City – WJLA

How Amazon Picked HQ2 and Jilted 236 Cities – Wall Street Journal

Behind the deal: How Virginia landed Amazon’s HQ2 project – Washington Business Journal

How Virginia sealed the deal on Amazon’s HQ2, ‘the biggest economic development project in U.S. history’ – Richmond Times Dispatch

They might have renamed Rosslyn, too. And more details from Virginia’s HQ2 pitch – Washington Business Journal

Amazon Kept HQ2 Under Wraps using these Code Names – Wall Street Journal


Here are 5 new infrastructure projects we’ll likely get with Amazon – Greater Greater Washington

A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia – Washington Post

The talk in Washington: Amazon’s arrival could launch a ‘war for talent’ – Washington Post

Amazon Effect’ on Real Estate Anticipated, Feared in Northern Virginia – NBC Washington

Will Amazon Worsen The D.C. Area’s Housing Crisis? – DCist

Beyond JBG Smith: 20 Developers Poised To Benefit From Amazon In Northern Virginia – Bisnow


Landmark Mall Redevelopment to Move Forward with Sears – Alexandria Living Magazine

Landmark Mall is now under one company’s control – Washington Business Journal

Alexandria apartment complex sells for $23 million – Virginia Business


What Alexandria Metro riders need to know as major station work kicks off – WTOP

Council to mull whether Torpedo Factory remain under city management – Alexandria Times

Alexandria Approves Pilot Program for Dockless Scooters, Bikes – Alexandria Living Magazine

Alexandria to roll out scooter program – Washington Post

Alexandria welcomes e-scooters as DC tightens regulations – Fox 5 DC

Governor Issues Executive Order To Address Virginia’s Unmet Housing Needs – Alexandria News

The talk in Washington: Amazon’s arrival could launch a ‘war for talent’ – Washington Post


Taco Bell Cantina To Open By End Of 2018 In Alexandria – Patch

Old Town Books Popping Up by Waterfront with Help from Alexandria Economic Development Partnership – The Zebra

Ernie’s Original Crab House Building for Sale in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine

Holiday Pop-Up Shops Open in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine

The Motley Fool blew past its goal for its first venture fund – Washington Business Journal

Small Business Saturday: Bigger Than Ever in Alexandria – Alexandria Living Magazine

New Independent Pop-Up Bookstore Arises – Alexandria Gazette Packet

Craft cider maker opening in Alexandria – Washington Business Journal