News Brief

A curated source of significant news in Arlington County that affects the retail industry including development project updates, infrastructure plans, major office tenant announcements, and more. 


George Mason University Plans Expansion in Virginia Square (December)

In the wake of its partnership in the Amazon announcement, GMU is growing its Arlington campus in the near future. Most notably, the university will tear down an aging structure at 3401 Fairfax Drive to make way for a 400,000-square-foot replacement to house the Institute for Digital Innovation. The new building will include classrooms and computer labs, retail, and short-term housing for visiting guests.


American Institutes for Research Opens 300-Employee Office In Crystal City (December)

AIR, one of the world's pre-eminent research, evaluation, and technical assistance organizations, opened a new 90,000-square-foot office at 1400 Crystal Drive. The expansion from AIR's headquarters in DC caps off a massive year for the Crystal City/Pentagon City area with earlier announcements from Amazon, Interstate Hotels & Resorts and March of Dimes.


The Highlands Redevelopment Breaks Ground in Rosslyn (October)

Developed by Penzance, the 884-unit project sits atop the hill in Rosslyn at 1555 Wilson Boulevard. The residential units will be divided into three towers with a mix of 780 apartments and 104 condos. Additionally, the building includes 40,000 square feet of retail, which will be anchored by a 27,000-square-foot location of Vida Fitness. CVS has also signed onto the project and will lease 4,300 square feet.


JBG Smith Earns Approval for Crystal City Retail (October)

The Arlington County Board approved plans at 1550 and 1750 Crystal Drive for 90,000 square feet of retail, which is part of JBG Smith's planned overhaul of the area. The project is expected to be anchored by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a to-be-named grocery store.


Healthcare IT Company Opening Rosslyn Office (September)

Cerner, a Missouri-based healthcare technology company, is leasing 38,075 square feet at 1812 N. Moore Street, where they will join Nestle's corporate headquarters and its subsidiary, Gerber. The Rosslyn location will house staffers working on the company's contracts with the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense.


WeWork Opening Coworking Space in Rosslyn (September)

Adding to the list of tenants at CEB Tower (1201 Wilson Boulevard), the coworking space provider is leasing 65,000 square feet on the 25th through 27th floors. Rosslyn is already home to a growing number of flexible space providers including Convene, Eastern Foundry, Regus, and Spaces.


DEA Renews 500,000 SF Lease in Pentagon City (September)

The General Services Administration renewed the DEA's 511,487 SF lease at 600-700 Army Navy Drive for 15 years. The renewal comes after the GSA launched a competitive process in 2016 to seek a new home for the agency. The Pentagon City headquarters houses 2,500 employees, plus a visitors center and museum.


Arlington Tourism Revenue Hits Record $3.3 Billion in 2017 (September)

With a 4.5% increase over the 2016 benchmark, tourism revenue for Arlington reached a new record. Coinciding with the increase, Arlington was recognized in 2017 by Expedia as a "Super Cool U.S. City" and by ConventionSouth as a top location for meetings and conventions.


Arlington Is Home to 33 of America's Fastest-Growing Companies (August)

While Arlington may be a small county geographically, it's punching above its weight in terms of churning out exciting companies. On this year's Inc. 5000 List, a prestigious grouping of America's fastest-growing companies, Arlington is represented by thirty-three businesses.


Media Strategy Firm Relocating from DC to Clarendon (June)

FP1 Strategies is making the move from Dupont Circle to 3001 Washington Boulevard with a 30,000 SF deal, which places the building at over 90% leased. Combined with its fully-leased neighbor, 3003 Washington Boulevard, the properties account for over 281,000 SF of office space and 23,000 SF of retail.


VIDA Fitness Signs Letter of Intent in Rosslyn (June)

With their initial Arlington location set to open in late 2019 on Wilson Boulevard in Ballston, the high-end gym has selected an undisclosed space in western Rosslyn for its next venture. The space is likely to be in the 30,000-square-foot range and is expected to open in late 2020. 


Coworking Space Selects Renovated Ballston Property (June)

Brooklyn-based Industrious will open its third regional location at the Ballston Exchange (4201 Wilson Blvd), which has undergone significant renovations in the wake of the National Science Foundation's departure last fall. The coworking space signed a 10-year lease for 24,795 SF and will join recently-announced retail tenants Cava Grill, Philz Coffee, Shake Shack, and We the Pizza.


Higher Logic Expands Headquarters in Rosslyn (June)

The computer software company signed a 10-year lease for 31,000 SF at 1919 N. Lynn Street. The move marks a continued expansion in the County, as the company plans to reach 200+ employees in the coming years. 


Accenture Opens Cyber Fusion Center in Rosslyn (June)

The global consulting firm will occupy 28,000 square feet in CEB Tower at Central Place. The location is Accenture's fourth Cyber Fusion Center with the others in the Czech Republic, India, and Israel. The positions created in Rosslyn will be "highly skilled technology jobs" at all salary ranges, from entry level to experience veterans.


Meeting and Event Space Provider Expands into Rosslyn (June)

New York-based Convene plans to open its second area location this fall in the CEB Tower at Central Place. The company signed a 35,000 SF sublease to occupy the top two floors beneath the building's observation deck. The sublease is from Gartner, the building's anchor tenant that possesses a 350,000 SF lease in the recently-delivered tower


March of Dimes Signs Deal to Relocate Headquarters to Crystal City (May)

The nonprofit organization leased 28,000 square feet at 1550 Crystal Drive with plans to occupy the space in January 2019. The building's owner, JBG Smith, is moving forward with plans to install a specialty grocer on the ground floor of the 13-story office building. The move follows plans by Interstate Hotels & Resorts to shift its headquarters to 35,000 square feet at nearby 2011 Crystal Drive. 


Red Top Cab Redevelopment Plans Progressing in Clarendon (May)

Approved in late 2015, The Shooshan Company is seeking approval to change the construction phasing of the 584-unit multifamily project that includes a limited amount of retail, 1,295 square feet. The projects includes several properties on Clarendon's west end including Red Top Cab's headquarters that sits behind the Wilson Boulevard retail including Don Tito, Liberty Tavern, and Spider Kelly's.


Rosslyn Observation Deck Nears Opening (May)

Projected to attract 600,000 visitors with its 360-degree views, the Observation Deck at Central Place is expected to open to the public in July. The 32nd-floor setting provides a clear shot of the nation' capital, including the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol building. The Observation Deck is the crown jewel in the Central Place redevelopment, which includes 377 apartments, 500,000 square feet of office, and 45,000 square of retail. Tenants include Cava Mezze, Common Ground Food Hall, Compass Coffee, Open Road Grill, Nando's PERi-PERi, Sweetgreen, The Little Beet, and more.


10-Acre Pentagon City Development Under County Review (April)

Originally approved with four office buildings and a hotel on the entire site, JBG Smith submitted plans for the initial phase that now consist of two seven-story residential buildings totaling 300 units along with 40,000 square feet. Located at 12th Street South and South Eads Street, the development sits across from The Bartlett, the largest apartment building in Arlington, and its Whole Foods-anchored retail.


Gerber Announces Move of U.S. Headquarters to Rosslyn (April)

The leader in early childhood nutrition will join sister company Nestle USA at its 1812 North Moore headquarters. Gerber will create 150 new jobs and occupy 23,392 square feet, which brings the combined Nestle presence to over 250,000 square feet. 


Request for Proposals Issued for Lee Highway Planning Study (March)

The County is seeking a consultant to collaborate on a vision and policy framework that will guide public and private investment decisions for Lee Highway over the next 25 years. The consultant is expected to begin the process this summer, which will be a multi-year effort including a robust stakeholder engagement component.


360-Unit Multifamily Breaks Ground in Crystal City (February)

Located at 3400 Potomac Avenue, The Sur brings luxury apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms along with 16,500 square feet of retail. Slated for delivery in spring 2020, the building is only a block away from Lidl's U.S. Headquarters and the National Gateway mixed-use development that is home to Harris Teeter.


Columbia Pike's Premium Bus Network Launches This Summer (February)

The initial stages of the County's plan to implement premium bus service will streamline the numerous existing routes into six main routes, which will improve the frequency, reliability, and ease of use along the corridor. Future phases will add limited-stop service, improved transit stations, off-vehicle fare collection, and transit signal priority.



Michael Stiefvater

(703) 228-0827

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