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Nestlé Chooses Rosslyn, Not Reston, for New U.S. Headquarters

by Dave Emke — February 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

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(This story was updated at 3:55 p.m. to include comment from Comstock Partners.)

Northern Virginia will be the new home of Nestlé, as news has broken today that the Swiss food and drink company will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Arlington County.

The Washington Business Journal reports the company chose the location in Rosslyn over 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, which the WBJ says was another finalist for the headquarters. The Washington Post, meanwhile, reports the final decision was between the Rosslyn site and a location in Atlanta.

Maggie Parker, vice president of communications for 1900 Reston Metro Plaza owner Comstock Partners, said Nestlé representatives toured the local site before making their decision.

The 16-story 1900 Reston Metro Plaza building, now in its final stages of construction, was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn. It will feature 365,000 square feet of office space adjacent to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station.

The site that was chosen by Nestlé, 1812 N. Moore Street in Arlington County, is the tallest building in the D.C. Metro area at 35 stories. It has been vacant since construction wrapped up in late 2013.

Nestlé is spending nearly $40 million to set up in the top nine floors of the building, and it plans to employ 750 people at the site.

  • Greg

    I’m sure they got the deal of the century on that space. It’s been empty for a long time.

  • Greg

    “The 16-story 1900 Reston Metro Plaza building, now in its final stages of construction, was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Helmut Jahn.

    It’s bigger and more visible than the Brutalist bunker, but methinks this odd-looking building will someday, not too far into the future, be tagged for teardown.

    Prolly might make a good home for a company with a big X in its name…light up the structural members. In Reston Orange. Or something.

  • cRAzy

    Of course, Nestle went to Rosslyn. Why would you want a corporate HQ in the boonies (even with a fancy new train in front of your building) when you can have a view of the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and more? And, oh yes, the Metro is in the basement. This is especially true when the space is musty it has been empty so long. It also helps that the Arlington County taxpayers are subsidizing the rent.

    How does Reston compete with that? And what makes the Fairfax County government think it can? This Board and its planners have gotten county development so wrong for so long that they have no idea what they are doing or why things are happening as they are.

  • 30yearsinreston

    they didnt want to pay for parking

  • Joe Heflin

    Where are all the people going to come from who are going to move into all of these rental apartments under construction? This is the only new office building in Reston and I am truly sorry that Nestle did not choose it. After sequestration we need to have more employers move to Reston.

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