Amazon Pledges $20M For Affordable Housing In Arlington

Amazon has offered to contribute $20 million to the Arlington County Affordable Housing Investment Fund in exchange for being allowed to build two 22-story office buildings with a total of 2.15 million square feet of office and retail space in the county.

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This is the largest affordable housing commitment made by an individual site plan project in Arlington County which in recent years received between $14 million and $16 million annually from the county government and $5 million to $6 million in loan repayments from developers.

This pledge is part of the community benefits package that Amazon is giving to offset the increase in density created by more than 2 million square feet of development that it’s planning for its twin-tower headquarters. The benefits package is also targeting transportation improvements and open space.

“They relate to the funding, construction, and maintenance of a two-acre park that will be located in the center of that entire block where Metropolitan Park (Amazon headquarters) is located,” said Matt Mattauszek, Crystal City/Pentagon City planning coordinator for Arlington County.

In addition to this, Amazon also plans to build bus shelters, bike share stations, and a childcare facility.

Amazon plans to invest more than $2 billion for its new headquarters which is expected to create at least 25,000 high-paying jobs over the next 12 years in Arlington.

Real estate data analytics firm CoreLogic expects that with many of Amazon’s jobs paying six-figure salaries that its workers will purchase homes, rather than rent.

Amazon’s promise to assist with affordable housing also comes as housing prices skyrocket in neighboring Alexandria, where Amazon gave $300,000 to low-cost housing.

The Arlington County Board is expected to hold a final vote on Amazon’s development plan in mid-December.

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