First Look: DC Envisions Future With Amazon HQ2, 4 Neighborhoods Proposed

Four D.C. neighborhoods, Anacostia Riverfront, Capitol Hill East, NoMa-Union Station and Shaw-Howard University, are in the running to house Amazon’s second headquarters.

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D.C. officials are pitching real estate on both sides of the river, which would be connected by the renewed Frederick Douglass Bridge, which is scheduled to be finished by fall 2021. Officials hope that the neighborhood’s track record of growth, access to green spaces and proximity to transit will entice Amazon.
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The proposal outlines 13 sites near the Anacostia and Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro stations. But commuters might be able to travel by water, too. The design suggests that D.C.’s new water taxis, which currently serve The Wharf, Georgetown and Alexandria, would add stops around the headquarters. Or, you could kayak to work. Seriously, the proposal suggests it.
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The NoMa-Union Station area has easy access to public transit, which Amazon says is a top priority for HQ2. Properties may be leased or sold to Amazon, Chandra Washington, who works for the city and on the HQ2 project, said.
The proposed site would stretch from H Street near Union Station past Florida Avenue and into Union Market, taking advantage of the Metropolitan Branch Trail and two different Metro stations. Amazon could fill 12.6 million square feet in 16 different sites. It’s not a bad spot for happy hour, either: D.C. featured Union Market distillery Cotton & Reed in the pitch video.
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City officials plan to kick-start redevelopment in Capitol Hill East in 2019, and District officials envision Amazon settling near the riverfront. Amazon would get a lot of say in how the site is constructed, if they chose this spot.

Amazon is expected to choose a site in 2018. D.C. is competing against localities across the country, including 10 places in Virginia and several in Maryland, including Prince George's County.
The first phase of development, set to begin in 2019, would focus on the area south of Independence Avenue at 22nd Street. That area is the current site of the DC General Family Shelter. City officials are in the process of building new shelters in most wards, and have long hoped to shut down the problematic current building.n

Amazon would get to work with the city to direct future phases of development.
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D.C. officials point to 6 million square feet of space around Howard University -- which fulfills Amazon's desire for HQ2 to be near a strong network of universities. The first buildings would be centered near Howard University Hospital -- which may, years in the future, house its own Amazon offices, according to the pitch.
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The Shaw-Howard proposed sites suggest that later phases of building HQ2 involve the Howard University Hospital and the Reeves Center municipal building. The Reeves Center could house Amazon offices in 2020, and portions of the hospital would be a site for “future expansion.” The hospital would continue to serve the community, mayor's office representative Chandra Washington said.
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