Construction of Amazon’s Virginia headquarters is moving right along, and the noise that is being made is making Amazon neighbors crazy. For weeks on end, the relentless clang and bang from construction equipment preparing foundations for the online giant’s new headquarters has reverberated throughout Arlington County’s Pentagon City neighborhood.
A local neighbor started a petition asking that the piledriving work be delayed until Virginia’s stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus is lifted. Neighbors had been given notice about the noise, but that was before the pandemic altered life for Arlingtonians and everyone else. The initial expectation was that many people would be away at work during much of the piledriving.
County officials say they are sympathetic. County spokeswoman Mary Curtius acknowledged that “the piledriving is relentless” and ill-timed, given the stay-at-home order. The county has taken steps to mitigate the problem, she said. At the county’s request, the construction project manager delayed the start of piledriving work from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., and the pounding stops on weekends. But she said the county does not have the authority to halt the work.