The company is laying off 18,000 employees, but says its plans for Arlington haven’t changed.
Arlington, Virginia — The first phase of Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington opens in a few months.
Metropolitan Park, or Met Park, is a 2.1 million-square-foot project featuring two 22-story office buildings and 65,000 square feet of retail space for local small businesses.
Several local businesses are set to move to street-level retail, including Arlington’s second Conte’s Bike Shop, numerous restaurants and cafes, and District Dogs.
A $14 million renovation to an adjacent two-acre public park is also set to open in Pentagon City this summer.
“Construction is progressing well and nearing completion at Metpark!” Amazon spokesperson Hayley Richard wrote in an email to WUSA9. “We are excited to open Met Park this summer and welcome our employees, neighbors and visitors to our offices and public park spaces. share.”
Amazon recently announced the largest layoff in the company’s history, pledging to cut 18,000 jobs, or 1% of Amazon’s 1.5 million global workforce, in addition to a hiring freeze. bottom.
In November, Amazon told WUSA9 that it would not affect progress on the first phase of HQ2.
An Amazon spokesperson said, “To date, HQ2 has employed over 5,000 corporate and technical positions and is on track to open in 2023. Impact on Phase 1 of HQ2 (Met Park). there is no.
To receive over $550 million in cash incentives, Amazon pledged to create 25,000 jobs in Arlington.
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