Amazon is Pushing Back Construction on Arlington-based HQ2

Tech giant Amazon is reportedly pausing construction on its massive HQ2 build in Arlington, Virginia.

Just a few months after the company announced massive layoffs — and an updated return-to-work policy for remaining employees — the company is pushing back the opening of PenPlace in Northern Virginia. The first phase of construction, Metropolitan Park, is scheduled to open this summer.

“We’re always evaluating space plans to make sure they fit our business needs and to create a great experience for employees, and since Met Park will have space to accommodate more than 14,000 employees, we’ve decided to shift the groundbreaking of PenPlace (the second phase of HQ2) out a bit,” Amazon Real Estate Chief John Schoettler said in a statement.