Dear Deputy Mayor Kenner:
It is with great optimism that we submit this proposal for the Amazon HQ2 to be located in the Capitol Riverfront and Poplar Point neighborhoods of the District. We appreciate the opportunity to submit for this exciting and transformative corporate headquarters project, and we hope that the proposal that follows will fully illustrate the compelling attributes and amenities of our sites as well as how they respond to all of the Amazon RFP requirements.
Our proposal is based on a strong partnership among a variety of property owners in the Capitol Riverfront and Poplar Point neighborhoods—Forest City, Akridge, Redbrick, MRP, Western Development, Steuart Investments, DC United, et al.—property owners who are committed to making an Amazon campus in this section of the District a reality. The real estate is available and zoned in a manner to meet the eight million square foot requirement. All development parcels are in control/ownership of the development partners, and these owners have partnered to create a viable urban campus opportunity in the heart of a major river corridor.
The proposal is also grounded in the reality of the neighborhood that has emerged on the Anacostia River and that offers a wide range of amenities outside of the available development potential.
Our proposal also takes advantage of a unique asset for this side of the District, the Anacostia River. The development sites we have put forth in this partnership will create a riverfront campus for Amazon on both sides of the river. There are few places in the city and even country that offer the possibility of a waterfront campus that engages a river like this. The development sites can be connected by river taxis, a fleet of bicycles, the Anacostia riverwalk trail system, the new South Capitol Street Bridge, and transit shuttles. A riverfront campus affords Amazon the best of both worlds—a river corridor with over 1,200 acres of parklands running through an urban oriented campus of buildings that is integrated into an exiting high density and transit oriented community. The ripple effects of such a campus on the Anacostia for other neighborhoods can support additional economic development efforts.
The District and Federal Governments have invested a total of $2.3 billion in the neighborhood, and this will leverage over $10 billion in private development projects. At 500 acres, it is one of the largest riverfront redevelopment initiatives in the U.S. It will be the equivalent of a new downtown on the Anacostia with the advantages of regional accessibility, proximity to the US Capitol, DoD and DHS, Metro access through the Green Line, and access to the Anacostia River.
Amazon can be part of one of the largest riverfront redevelopment projects in the U.S. located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Its proposed campus can easily be integrated into an existing and rapidly growing riverfront community, and can accelerate the growth of this and adjacent neighborhoods.
Thank you again for the opportunity to submit this proposal from our riverfront campus partnership. We hope that you find the possibilities contained within this proposal as exciting as we have, and that it represents the best that the District can offer in response to Amazon’s RFP requirements.
President, Capitol Riverfront BID