Goody Clancy’s plan transforms the quality of place around Amazon’s 4 million SF HQ2 development, leveraging it and related redevelopment to create a more cohesive, inclusive, biophilic downtown district.
Goody Clancy is in the final phase of a planning study to establish a vision, test development alternatives, and propose new regulation for the redevelopment of the Pentagon City Metro station area in Arlington County, incorporating the new Amazon HQ2. Pentagon City is already a dense, mixed-used area with significant regional retail destinations, employment, and housing, but large superblocks and outdated buildings mean redevelopment offers the opportunity to transform the quality of place from a more suburban, drive to destination model to a walkable downtown for Arlington.
Our plan is focused on how to achieve that transformation, integrating market feasibility with equitable community benefits, district-scale infrastructure, and urban design. The centerpiece of the plan is the public realm, including the Green Ribbon, a network of proposed pedestrian paths that link key destinations, help create a more fine-grained block form, offer and offer biophilic experiences of nature as part of day-to-day life and travel in the district.
As part of the “Arlington Way” of community engagement, the study includes a significant community process and stakeholder engagement, including property owner participation. The draft plan includes recommendations for new land use regulations that can be immediately implemented for new development as part of the County’s special exception process for large development.