How an Amazon headquarters would affect Northern Virginia

Along with Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington D.C. are still being considered for the new Amazon headquarters. (ABC7)

As Amazon narrows the list of potential locations for its new headquarters from 238 to 20, three local area spots are still in the running.

Northern Virginia, along with Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington D.C., are still being considered for the e-commerce giant’s 8-million-square-foot facility – 1.4 million square feet larger than the Pentagon.

Amazon says the “ideal site” for the new headquarters will have access to mass transit. Transportation that could handle 50,000 full-time employees expected to be hired in the deal.

“While we’re not without problems with the metro system, it really is one of the best in the country,” said Jim Corcoran, president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Corcoran thinks Metro is one of the many reasons this area made the cut.

“All the things that Amazon is looking for, we have right here,” he said.

Said Tysons resident Samia Ayoobi, “I think it’s going to be great for us in this area, so why not. We’re just expanding and growing. Might as well just keep on growing."

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But not all residents want the company to move into the neighborhood, fearing more traffic and increased housing costs.

“There’s already a lot of demand for houses in Northern Virginia. So I think it’s positive for homeowners, for home buyers it might mean higher prices,” said Monica Florio, manager of Long & Foster’s Real Estate office in Tysons.

The median price for a home in Vienna, Oakton and Tysons is around $470,000.

“It’s 4 percent higher than it was a year ago,” said Florio.

Even with the possibility of increased housing costs, some people are ready to welcome the e-commerce giant.

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“I think it’s awesome. I’m a big Amazon shopper," D.C. resident Darryl Howard said. "If they’re going to be closer to home, I’d love to have them here and they’re going to bring jobs to the community. I think it’s great."

Corcoran said the growth would happen over about a decade, giving the area a chance to absorb the impact and also benefit from it.

“Multiply each one of those jobs by five because that’s how many jobs would actually come in here. Because it’s not going to be just Amazon,” he said.

Amazon’s decision is expected sometime this year.

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