D.C. region’s Amazon bids encompass at least nine locations

A report published by The Washington Post suggests that Amazon is considering at least nine sites in Montgomery County, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., for the new location of its second headquarters. The three jurisdictions were among the 20 shortlisted last month by Amazon as finalists in its headquarters search.

Montgomery County’s site most likely is the White Flint area of North Bethesda. The site hasn’t been formally confirmed by County Executive Ike Leggett, but was first reported by Bethesda Beat and later by the Post as the site pitched by the county to the company.

A map of the White Flint area annotated by Bethesda Beat that shows potential properties Amazon could develop for its new headquarters.

Meanwhile, Northern Virginia and D.C. have both pitched several sites to Amazon. The Northern Virginia sites include the Rosslyn-Ballston area, Crystal City, the Eisenhower Ave. area in Alexandria and a site near Dulles Airport in Herndon, according to the Post.

D.C. pitches sites that include the U Street area, NoMa, a location in Capitol Hill East and combined sites in Navy Yard and Anacostia.

The range of sites present Amazon with a variety of options if it focuses on the region: Does it want a more urban site like D.C. could provide, a ready-to-build site such as Crystal City,or a more suburban location surrounded by residential neighborhoods such as the White Flint area?

 

The Creig Northrop Team is changing its name to Northrop Realty

One of the leading real estate businesses by sales volume in the country is changing its name. The Creig Northrop Team announced Wednesday it will become Northrop Realty. As part of the change, the company will transition from a real estate team to a brokerage, although it will remain a part of Long & Foster Real Estate. Becoming a brokerage will allow employees who work at Northrop Realty to expand their business opportunities by creating their own real estate teams, according to the company.

The company also plans to open additional offices in Maryland to work with more property sellers and buyers.

“I began our team with a vision to be the best in the industry, and now we are at a point where growth is needed,” Creig Northrop said in a statement. “By moving forward … we are allowing our agents and their teams to grow with us, which I am thrilled to be able to facilitate. We’re a family business, so it gives me great pleasure to be planting the seeds for the next generation of real estate leaders.”

The real estate website RealTrends ranked The Creig Northrop Team as the No. 1 real estate team in the country by transaction volume—a total of about $770 million.

 

Bethesda’s Waverly Street Gallery to celebrate 25 year anniversary

The fine art gallery that sells works created by its members will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Its celebration will include hosting a special exhibition from May 6 to June 2 featuring art from its past and current member artists as well as a special anniversary party from 6 to 9 p.m. May 11 that’s free and open to the public. The gallery at 4600 East West Highway offers a variety of art for sale, ranging from paintings and sculptures to photography and printmaking.

“For twenty-five years, Waverly has been the place to experience one-of-a-kind artwork in person, connect with the artists, exchange ideas and build community,” Carol Leadbetter, a gallery board member, said in a statement.