ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech says it plans to build a new northern Virginia campus that was instrumental in luring a new Amazon headquarters a few blocks north of the originally planned spot.
The Innovation Campus at Virginia Tech will now be located at the current location of the Potomac Yard shopping center in Alexandria.
School officials said Monday at a press conference that the original location was not going to be big enough to support both the campus and expected ancillary development.
The new location puts the campus just steps away from a planned Metrorail station and closer to the Amazon campus in Arlington County that expects to house as many as 38,000 workers over the next 20 years.
Virginia Tech said the 15-acre campus will enroll its first students in 2020.