Editor: The possibility of attracting the Amazon headquarters is certainly enticing and no surprise that the Department of Economic Development is on it big time with its Ad-hoc Committee of development interests.
The parameters of the project as listed, “8 million square feet of space, $5 billion in capital investment, and as many as 50,000 fulltime employees earning an average of $100,000 a year” certainly is amazing.
While not discouraging the enthusiasm the Amazon possibility raises, I would suggest that the work of the Ad-hoc Committee be expanded to work with the Department of Planning and the Stakeholders Committee preparing the new Comprehensive Plan to think through the ramifications of a project of this scale on its impact on the overall county.
What will be the implications of the development on housing, school population, parks and public facilities, traffic congestion, and fiscal impact on our taxpayers. We should not be surprised to hear of some substantial concessions Amazon will want from its future host.
The Amazon headquarters may be the opportunity of the century for Loudoun, but let’s think through all its ramifications and not just focus on the dazzle of landing such a prize.
Al Van Huyck, Round Hill