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Early Education Center Signs Lease Near Amazon HQ2

The office building at 2461 South Clark St. in Arlington.

The thousands of employees moving into Amazon's HQ2 campus will soon have a new childcare option nearby. 

Primrose Schools, an early education and care provider, signed an 18,500 SF lease on the first floor of the Century Center Two building at 2461 South Clark St. in the National Landing neighborhood, brokerage firm Colliers announced Wednesday. 

Colliers brokered the 15-year lease for the location, which gives Primrose Schools over a dozen in the D.C. region. Last year, it signed a lease for its first location in the District at the Parks at Walter Reed development. The organization, founded in 1982, operates with a franchise model and has over 450 locations nationwide. 

The school plans to open the National Landing location next year, and it will have an indoor playground area plus dedicated parking spaces within the building's garage. It will offer education and care for children from infants to kindergarten, plus an after-school program and summer camp for older children. 

“Primrose is proud to bring a key element of the live-work-learn-play environment that today’s consumers are craving,” Primrose Schools President Steve Clemente said in a release. “Primrose is excited to be part of the National Landing community to help address the critical need for high-quality early education in the D.C. area."

The building, less than a half-mile from the Crystal City Metro station, is part of the two-building Century Center property that MRP Realty is planning to redevelop.

The developer plans to remove about 27K SF of retail space from between the two buildings and replace it with an outdoor plaza, and it plans to build a 22-story, 334-unit apartment building on a separate part of the site at 2351 Richmond Highway. MRP is partnering with LaSalle Investment Management on the redevelopment, which had previously been planned by Lowe Enterprises

Amazon has hired more than 3,000 employees at the space it leased near the Crystal City station, though most of them haven't been coming into the office, and it announced last month it is currently looking to hire an additional 2,500 HQ2 employees. It is also developing the first new buildings of the HQ2 campus near the Pentagon City Metro station and moving forward with plans for the next phase.