BREAKING NEWS — Northrop Grumman Bypasses Arlington

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm 5,850 10 Comments

Northrop Grumman has bypassed Arlington and selected the Falls Church section of Fairfax County for the location of its new DC-area headquarters. The company will purchase a building in the Fairview Park office park, near the Beltway and Route 50, the company said in a press release.

The purchase caps a “comprehensive site selection process” that lasted about a month and a half longer than originally anticipated. When Northrop CEO Wes Bush and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in April that the company had narrowed its headquarters search down to Northern Virginia, Bush said the process would take about a month.

Amid the media speculation about the headquarters location, two sites were consistently mentioned near the end: the Falls Church site and a building in Ballston. Buildings in Crystal City and Rosslyn were also said to be in the early running. In the end, however, Falls Church won out.

The fate of Northrop’s ritzy Rosslyn government affairs office is now in question. The company said cryptically that employees from the office will help “initiate operations” in the new building next summer. We’re awaiting further clarification from a Northrop representative.

The company’s full press release, after the jump.

LOS ANGELES – July 12, 2010 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase an existing building located at 2980 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va. as the new location for its corporate office, completing a comprehensive site selection process.

Northrop Grumman expects to initiate operations in the new corporate office facility in the summer of 2011 with employees from the company’s Los Angeles and Arlington, Va. offices. The company currently employs approximately 40,000 people in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. region.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

  • CC guy

    It’s too bad that they would choose the location with no metro access. Then again, they are moving from LA, so the concept of accessibility to public transportation probably means little or nothing to them.

    • Lou

      This decision is what was expected after some news leaked out at the end of May. Essentially Northrop is still looking for space to build a flagship headquarters building in the next several years. They will then keep the Fairview site and backfill or sublet it out while moving into a new building. One option is in the Tysons area, which could be located along side the new Silver Line or within the newly urbanized Tysons (eventually). The R-B corridor is also not out of the running for the new building, they just did not get favorable offers on current space here.

    • Joe

      Fairview park is 2 miles from Dunn-Loring Merrifield.

  • charlie

    great newsbreak!!

  • charlie

    @cc guy: the location is 2 miles to a METRO with METRO BUS at the front door and an office park that runs buses constantly to the METRO.

  • david

    @Charlie – maybe so, but how many of those workers do you think are actually going to take the time to take a bus to transfer to a train? Not many I imagine.

    • Joe

      How many of those employees are gonna live somewhere that is metro Accessible? Most of these people are corporate, >$150K-salaried, Beamer Drivers.

  • charlie

    1. This is the second announcement and is the major purchase that was a different building in Fairview in May.

    2. Not everyone takes rail. I live spitting distance to Ballston and ride the bus to MT $150k/year job.

  • Efrem Hornbostle

    This is great news! The Arlington County Board spends 4.23 hours Saturday morning discussing the placement, within a parameter of 5 feet, of seasonal outdoor seating for spoiled upscale Democrat yuppified elites and a major company decides to move to a much better venue.

    I am glad the clowns on the County Board spend so much time rearranging the deck chairs of the Titantic while the rest of America passes these stooges to the wayside.

    Wake up Arlington Democrats, you and the Obama regime are losing it fast.

  • charlie

    i have to agree with Efrem today.
    our county board is so self-indulgent it is absurd.


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