County grants approval for Amazon’s helix-shaped HQ tower
Amazon announced the plans in February 2021 for the eye-catching, 350-foot tower to anchor the second phase of its redevelopment plans. The new office towers will support a second headquarters for Amazon that is expected to welcome more than 25,000 workers when it’s complete.
The helix is one among many office towers that have been approved, but it stands out. The spiral design features a walkway that wraps around the building, with trees and greenery designed to look like a mountain hike.
Amazon stated that the building was designed to connect people to nature. The outdoor mountain climb will be available to the public on weekends.
Since then, the plans have been subject to the rigorous review process by Arlington County, which included numerous public hearings. The county planning commission voted 9 to 0 in support of the project earlier this month.
The County Board approved the plans on Saturday with a vote of 5-0. They include park space, which will be used to house a community high school and ground-level retail.
Amazon has said it hopes to complete the project in 2025.
Skyscrapers are prohibited in the District of Columbia. The Amazon buildings will be among Arlington County’s tallest, and from certain vantage points, the helix will dominate Arlington County’s skyline, like the Washington Monument.
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