Living in a large metropolitan area like we do, rapid renovations will always be happening. Our area is already bustling with people, cars, bikes, and trains.
With the arrival of Amazon’s HQ2 quickly approaching, current DMV residents must ready themselves for an influx of new residents and the infrastructure required to support this population.
To prepare for the massive increase in jobs, $1.5 billion in public infrastructure projects are slated for the next decade as the Arlington County community prepares for a transformation.
You’ll barely recognize the Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yards area when it’s finished with two 22-story towers, 50,000 square feet of new retail space, and 1.1 acres of public space set to be developed, according to Amazon. There will also be renovations of, and additions to, Metro rail and bus stops around the area.
For those commuting via bike, the new Amazon complex will be outfitted with plenty of cycling amenities. A Washington Business Journal article cites 500 long-term and 123 short-term bike parking spaces.
Those, combined with the 58 showers and 750 lockers, will make HQ2 extremely accessible for bikers. Amazon seems to be big on promoting alternative commuting, a growing trend in the DMV.
There is no denying that they will alter the lives and day-to-day commutes of many in the region. With all these changes occurring, both local governments and corporations must remember the importance of consulting with the population in the region.
This is where Van Eperen can help. We specialize in community education, outreach and engagement – three tools needed for any sound infrastructure development plan.
Van Eperen’s associates have 30+ years of experience working with the public to secure buy-in for a smoother, collaborative process.
Community members need to be able to provide input into the development process. Whether it is through focus groups, surveys or public meetings, you’ll need to hear from the stakeholders in the region. Additionally, social media is a great tool for doing this because it allows quick, real time response. Communication is a two-way street that ensures project approval.
Securing input and collective action with the community is essential for any public-private partnership project to go well.
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