Even though the deadline for the completion of the move of upwards of 21,000 jobs in Northern Virginia is still 2 years away the evidence of the upcoming changes can be seen.
At the Army Engineering Proving Grounds in Springfield the new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is rising on the horizon. The Engineering Proving grounds are considered "New Campus East" and the cost of the building and infrastructure will top $1.7 Billion. When the project is done the NGA will consolidate an estimated 8,500 employees in one location.
Just down the road at Fort Belvoir the new DeWitt Hospital is underway. The new DeWitt will not be a single building but a complex. Featuring state of the art technology eliminating the need for hand carrying of medical records from one facility to another, top of the line clinic services and more inpatient services the hospital will rival any top of the line private hospital.
In Alexandria ground has broken at the Mark Center for the buildings to accommodate the remaining "BRAC 133", a consolidation of a number of Defense Department level positions. In total an expected 6,400 jobs will move to the area at the intersection of I-395 and Seminary Road. Originally scheduled to be at either Fort Belvoir or at government property at the Springfield Metro it was decided that the impact on traffic in the area would not accommodate the additional jobs.
Even though all of these jobs are shifting under Fort Belvoir as part of BRAC it does not mean that there are going to be 21,000 new arrivals to the area. In fact approximately 96% of the incoming jobs are held by personnel already stationed in the area. There may be some who need to make a change in their residence but for the most part the housing market will not see a significantly influx of new home buyers due to BRAC.
The influx of personnel to the area is putting a new face on Fort Belvoir and the surrounding area. Watching it all unfold to meet the imposed Fall 2011 deadline will be interesting.
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