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Amazon HQ2: Summer 2022 Updates Impacting Arlington County, Virginia

Since announcing Arlington as the site of its HQ2 in 2018, Amazon –– the online juggernaut retailer –– has reportedly committed more than $35 million in total investments to local nonprofits, community groups, public schools, and businesses.

We’re now half-way through 2022 and it seems like a good time to recap and update on Amazon’s recent local activities impacting Arlington County and its surrounding communities.

Here is a curated list of up Amazon HQ2 news, tidbits, and other updates (from the past few weeks) worth sharing with fellow Arlingtonians and beyond:

August 2, 2022 | ARLNow

New Amazon STEM lab opens at Wakefield High School

📸 ARLNow staff photo by Jay Westcott

July 31, 2022 | The Washington Post

Move over, ‘National Landing’ — Amazon HQ2’s neighborhood tries ‘NaLa’

📸 National Landing Business Improvement District

July 20, 2022 | ARLNow

Four additional local businesses, including two restaurants, to open at Amazon HQ2

📸 Peruvian Brothers

July 18, 2022 | Business Journals

Amazon pauses office construction in two big hubs. What does that mean for HQ2?

📸 NBBJ/SCAPE

Meanwhile, construction of Amazon’s HQ2 Pen Place Helix  continues …

Construction of the Amazon HQ2 complex continues, evidenced by Arlingtonian Stephen Loynd who’s been sharing visual progress of the building developments on his social media:

Amazon Rising on a beautiful Sunday stroll via @loyndsview on Twitter

📸 4:30 PM · Jun 5, 2022 from Arlington, VA via @loyndsview

📸 4:30 PM · Jun 5, 2022 from Arlington, VA via @loyndsview

📸 6:24 PM · Apr 16, 2022 from Arlington, VA via @loyndsview

Amazon Rising on a beautiful Sunday stroll via @loyndsview on Twitter

📸 12:44 PM · Apr 13, 2022 via @loyndsview

First Amazon … now Boeing!

Also … in case you missed it, now the aerospace giant is also moving its global headquarters to Arlington, Va., from Chicago!

How do you think the Boeing HQ move will impact housing in our county?!

Talk to me in the comments 🙏

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3 Tips For Buying a Fixer-Upper That Won’t Zap Your Home Buying Budget

Every so often, an opportunity arises for Arlington, Virginia, area homebuyers – and investors – to purchase homes at a good price because the homes are in need of light (or dramatic!) repairs, improvements, replacements or cosmetic attention.

While buying a house that needs some TLC can have real advantages (like being able to update it the way you want), the renovation process is not without its challenges.

So before you invest into any level of home buying inspired elbow grease, do consider the following tips to help preserve your home buying budget:

  1. Check Local Zoning
    Zoning regulations specify how a property can be used and can – or cannot – be changed. Think about how you may want to change the property. (For my Arlington-focused buyers, you can start checking your local zoning from this interactive zoning map or by checking out Arlington County’s Zoning Ordinance PDF from here).
  2. Investigate Local Building Codes
    Building codes are designed to ensure the structural and fire safety of buildings. Codes cover pretty much everything relating to building design, construction, additions, enlargements, alterations and even repairs and maintenance including standards for plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction. (Arlington buyers, start investigating local building codes here.)
  3. Check Permits
    Have changes already been made to the home that required permits? If so, check the county website to make sure the permits exist and have been satisfied. (Homebuyers interested in Arlington County homes, check residential permits via this link)
  4. Bonus! One more consideration: Investigate development plans
    Conduct research to find out whether the city, county or state has plans or has approved private-entity plans that might adversely affect the home’s value.

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Congrats to Arlington-based Food Vendors Plugged on Edible DC!

I’m an avid farmers market shopper and supporter so whenever I learn about local Arlington-based food vendors doing well and getting recognized, it’s worth a mention on this blog. This is why I was happy to see EdibleDC, a quarterly magazine focused on the farmers, growers, fishers, home cooks, chefs and others who energize the DC area’s culinary community, including the Arlington Farmers Markets on their noteworthy list of winter markets worth a visit.

EdibleDC Winter 2019

“The Best Brunch in the DMV”

In its Edible Stories post, which makes you want to “eat, read, drink, and think” as their tagline suggests, the Arlington Farmers Market is included in a mouth-watering list of amazing food vendors worth a brunch visit this winter season.

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Wishing Arlington County Kids & Families a Wonderful New School Year

It’s hard to believe summer has ended and that the start of yet another school year, which starts TODAY, is now upon us.

This morning will be exciting for many kids in our county returning to Arlington schools.

And for area parents, as well as families considering moving to Arlington County, VA, it may be of high interest to learn that Arlington Public Schools has recently ranked as a Top School District in Virginia by Niche.com (Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.).
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