Will Amazon’s HQ2 Trigger a Housing Market Frenzy?

Speculation is rampant. Here’s what the numbers show so far.

Kim Dean is ready to downsize. Her daughter is heading to college, her husband is hoping to retire and she’s looking to trade gloomy Virginia winters for sun-kissed tropical places. In a typical real estate market, Dean wouldn’t hesitate to sell her six-bedroom home on the border of Falls Church and McLean. But in today’s Amazon-influenced market, she’s not…

Crystal Houses Project Still Has Problems

Although the County Board unanimously approved the developer’s proposal to expand the property, the three 22202 civic associations tried unsuccessfully for modifications because we felt the proposal was weak and had deficiencies.

We are not happy with the flawed process nor the outcome:

  • Parking: Board approval of additional parking spaces violates its own zoning restrictions.that NO surface parking is permitted in that district.
  • The urban orchard with fruit trees was not wanted by the community. We requested a park. Who will maintain the trees and pick up the fruit?
  • No access is provided through the two block long building along South Eads Street. Simple design changes could have allowed for Crystal House residents to penetrate through that large building.
  • Affordable Housing sounds great. But turning over space to the County to build 47 units instead of incorporating them into the proposed two new towers not only delays housing (when will the County have the money?) and segregate affordable housing, excluding future residents from the amenities in the Other Crystal House buildings.

We toured an Amazon fulfillment center. Here’s what we saw.

It’s nearly impossible to hear anything that is not inches away from your face inside the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Baltimore. Imagine trying to detect a single rain drop hitting a tin roof during a thunderstorm.

The clamor of conveyor rollers, elevators, humming robots and scanners echoing inside 1.2 million square feet drowns your ears.

Seeing it is even more overwhelming…

‘World Market’ Closing at Pentagon Row With Big Sale

Cost Plus World Market (1301 S. Joyce Street) in Pentagon Row is closing, so if you need imported beer, woven baskets, Italian coffee flavoring or Stranger Things lollipops, get them while they last.

The store is scheduled to close by Sept. 27, according to a store employee, though he noted that if they sell out of most of their inventory before then they’ll likely shutter early.

The manager said the closure came amid lease negotiations for the location, and other nearby World Market locations made the store redundant. Employees were also overheard saying the impending arrival of Amazon likely played a role in driving up rents…

Confusion After Pentagon City Bus Stop Removed For Amazon Construction

Metro removed a bus stop, citing Amazon’s planned HQ2 construction, but it’s not clear whether the transit agency told riders first.

Metro’s website now lists the stop at S. Eads Street and 15th Street S. as being out of service for the 7Y route, as well as the 7A and 7F Lincolnia lines, and the 10N line to Reagan National Airport. However, as of Thursday afternoon, the transit agency’s website still listed arrival times at the stop for buses with the Barcroft-South Fairlington Line