According to a City of Arlington news release, National Landing is "a newly branded neighborhood encompassing parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington and Potomac Yard in Alexandria". Both are waterfront communities away from overcrowded business districts, giving Amazon space to grow.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' deal for the Queens complex is expected to create 25,000 jobs, but the tabloid's front page Wednesday seemed to jab at the generous welcome wagon for the commerce company. That could mean testing of everything from drones to autonomous delivery vehicles, which Amazon has been developing at its Seattle headquarters.
With the news of Amazon HQ2 spreading across two East Coast cities, residents of both communities could soon experience a change in their housing markets similar to what Seattle has seen over the past decade.
For New York, that works out to paying $96,000 per job for Amazon's promised 25,000 jobs.
Others voiced worries that the influx of workers would drive up housing costs, crowd highways and otherwise strain local resources, as Amazon's expansion has in its hometown of Seattle, where it employs more than 45,000 people. But while many see it as an opportunity, not everyone is sold on the idea.
Crombie, who was recently elected for a second term as mayor of Canada's sixth largest city, said the attention the bid drew has already helped attract new investment. Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Democrats who represent the Long Island City area, in a joint statement.
And the deal couldn't have come at a better time for Plaxall - the company was angling to build a massive, 5,000-unit mixed-use development on the site, but the $3 billion project faced an uncertain future because it hinged on an unpopular rezoning subject to the public Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. In theory at least, the NY and Washington subway systems can ease housing price pressures by enabling workers to spread out.
In 1990, Citibank completed 1 Court Square, a 49-story, 1.5 million-square-foot tower, to create low-priced space for back-office workers. Both are also seen as having a lot of unfilled potential: Crystal City is a neighborhood filled with office buildings developed in the 1970s for defense contractors but has had high vacancies after the Pentagon reorganized in the years after the September 11 attacks. Being near the nation's capital could help Amazon with lobbying efforts as the company faces rising scrutiny from politicians.
Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.
The new outposts won't appear overnight.
"We know that nearly three-fourths of our candidates say that salary is important", said Patel, whose firm regularly surveys thousands of Amazon's job applicants each year.
More specifically, the locations are Long Island City in New York City's Queens borough and National Landing (a rebranded name for the Crystal City neighborhood) in Arlington, Virginia. NY is making myriad other concessions to Amazon, including allowing construction of a helipad so executives can easily access the campus.
According to the company's own estimation, New York State will pay $1.525 billion (£1.18 billion) in performance-based incentives for the privilege - almost as much as Amazon has received across all prior subsidies combined, according to watchdog group Good Jobs First.
Some Amazon critics point out that all 50,000 jobs and investment from the company was originally touted as going towards one location. It plans to hold company-wide events at the new locations, including shareholder meetings. Searches in the other victor of Amazon's sweepstakes, Crystal City, Virginia, jumped 84 percent. They are a connector bridge from Crystal City to Reagan National Airport, improvements to a major thoroughfare, two new Metro station entrances including to an as-yet-to-be built station and expansion of transit service in the area.