Arlington County Board Approves Boeing Regional Headquarters
October 19, 2011
- County to retain major corporate entity
- LEED Gold office building will consolidate Boeing’s Arlington presence
- Key step forward for planned Aquatics Center
ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington County Board today approved a plan to build the Boeing Company’s regional headquarters at a prime location on the north side of Crystal City, adjacent to Long Bridge Park.
The Board agreed to major changes to a previously approved site plan that will allow development of a single-use office building, rather than the originally planned mixed-use development. In voting for the changes, the Board cited the economic benefits to the County of enabling Boeing -- a major corporate tenant, and one of Arlington’s top-20 employers -- to consolidate and expand its Arlington presence.
“This was a tough decision for the Board,” said County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman. “County advisory commissions that reviewed the proposed project raised important issues. In the end, we concluded that the community benefits of the project outweighed its drawbacks. The Board voted in favor of the Boeing plan because this solidifies the presence of a major corporate entity in Arlington and brings us an important step closer to building the planned Aquatics Center.”
Boeing agreed to changes
In response to concerns expressed by County advisory commissions, Boeing agreed to changes in its original plan, including:
- Achieving Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)program
- Installing a Capital Bike Share station on the site
- Improving design and landscaping along the site’s edges
- Contributing $150,000 to a special transportation mitigation fund
- Providing public access to Boeing’s lawn area
The Board took two actions related to the project. It voted unanimously to amend General Land Use Plan Note 20 to revise the amount of development density to be allocated to the site plan and also to approve the site plan amendment.
Project will benefit Arlington
Benefits that the Boeing project will bring to the County include:
- Realization of a key component of the County’s economic development strategy to recruit and retain major employers, particularly within the defense industry. Three percent of the County’s largest lessees occupy more than 50 percent of the County’s leasable space.
- The project solidifies Boeing’s commitment to Arlington County, at a time of increased economic uncertainty, especially in Crystal City, with the full impact of the Pentagon’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decisions still to be fully felt.
- Significant tax revenues that the County can use to fund future infrastructure and community improvement commitments.
- Execution of the land swap for the Twin Bridges site, and the return of about 240,000 square feet of density to the Twin Bridges site.
Six-story secure office building planned
The new site plan will allow development of a six-story, 453,000 square-foot office building, with two floors of underground parking, instead of a mixed-use development that would have included homes, office and retail uses.
The County is the current owner of the site of Boeing’s future regional headquarters. The 4.7-acre site is located on the northside of Crystal City, on the block bounded by 6th Street South to the north, South Ball Street South to the east, 10th Street South to the south, and Old Jefferson Davis Highway to the west. Long Bridge Park lies just across 6th Street South from the proposed office building.
Development on the Boeing site is limited by its proximity to National Airport. An aviation easement limits the height and placement of structures on the site.
County nearing completion of Phase I Long Bridge Park construction
Under a previous agreement, Arlington County plans to exchange the 4.7-acre site for Monument Realty LLC’s 7.09-acre Twin Bridges property located at the north end of Long Bridge Park, where the County plans to build an aquatics, health and fitness facility.
The County is currently completing Phase I construction of Long Bridge Park,
adjacent to the Boeing site. The park will offer three lighted synthetic turf athletic fields; an esplanade with panoramic views of the Potomac and the Washington monuments; an overlook; picnic areas, restrooms and public art.
The Board approved the original Monument View Site Plan
on June 24, 2008. The approval followed an agreement reached between the County and Monument View on July 16, 2007 that was revised on September 29, 2010, to exchange the 7.09-acre Twin Bridges site for the 4.705-acre area of the site plan. Acquisition of the Twin Bridges site is necessary for completion of Long Bridge Park.
Project at a Glance
- MR Boundary Channel, LLC/Monument Realty, LLC
Gensler2020 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Monument Realty LLC
1700 K Street, NW Suite 600
Washington DC, 20006-3816
Type of Project
- One building -- office
- 4.71 acres
Office Building -- First phase
- L-shape along Old Jefferson Davis Highway and 10th Street South
- 322,084 square feet
- six stories
Office Building – Second Phase
- Completes U-shape by providing addition along South Ball Street
- 131,338 square feet
- four stories
- 739 spaces in a two-story underground garage
- 555 parking spaces in first phase
- 184 parking spaces in second phase
- Exclusive use of building’s tenants and authorized visitors
- On-street public parking on all four of site’s frontages – approximately 57 spaces –
- 320 S. 6th St., 608 S. Ball St., 901 St. Clark St. portions of S. Clark St.
- Glass curtain façade on interior
- Architectural precast rows on exterior
- Two-story lobby sheathed with vision glass in southwest of building
- Lobby doorways oriented to pedestrian plaza along Old Jefferson Davis Highway
- Average site elevation is 18.5 feet
- 22-feet at southwest portion at intersection of 10th St. South and Old Jefferson Davis Highway
- 16-feet at northeast end of property at intersection of 6th St. S and South Ball Street
- Land exchange enables County to implement its Long Bridge Park vision
- Retention of Boeing in Arlington
- Preservation of additional density on Twin Bridges site
- Affordable Housing contribution ($1.5 million)
- Public Art contribution ($75,000)
- Transportation mitigation ($150,000)
- Utility Fund contribution ($235,250)