Amazon halts construction on its Virginia headquarters. A spokesperson from the company has now confirmed that the second phase of construction is being delayed.
Amazon Halts Construction on Its Virginia Headquarters
Right now, amazon according to reports is hitting the pause button on the construction of its second headquarters which is also known as HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia.
The head of Amazon’s real estate, John Schoettler n a stamen on Friday said that the firm is delaying the groundbreaking of PenPlace which is the second phase of its HQ2 for the foreseeable future. The first phase, Metropolitan Park, is slated to be completed on schedule and it is also expected to open its door in June for the 8,000 employees who will be working on the building.
What Amazon Has To Say about the New Development
“Since Met Park will have space to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, we’ve decided to shift the groundbreaking of PenPlace (the second phase of HQ2) out a bit,” Schoettler stated. “Our second headquarters has always been a multiyear project, and we remain committed to Arlington, Virginia, and the greater capital region.” Bloomberg in the early parts of Friday reported the delay of the construction.
Amazon Paused the Construction on Six of Its Office Buildings across the US in June
Amazon back in July also paused the construction on six of its office buildings across the United States in a bid to assess just how the designs would affect hybrid work, as per Reuter’s reports. The company earlier this year also announced that it would be cutting 18,000 jobs.
Zach Goldsztejn, an Amazon spokesperson said that the delay in the groundbreaking of HQ2 is not indicative of nor the results of the job cuts.
HQ2 Originally Was Slated For Construction in Long Island, New York
HQ2 originally was slated for construction in Long Island, New York, but the development however was faced with pushback from protesters and local politicians back in 2019. For this reason, Amazon went with Arlington Virginia right outside of Washington, DC, for its second headquarters rather.