I have just learned that the Army has decided to move 6400 jobs to the Mark Center instead of Fort Belvoir.
The Mark Center is not 5 miles away from the nearest metro, it is really less than 4. But it is interesting to note that it is only about a mile away from the Bailey's Crossroads offices. One of the main reasons cited for moving Army Materiel Command from Eisenhower Road to Fort Belvoir was the security issues, e.g., proximity to the road. However, it seems like the buildings at the Mark Center won't be too much different than the old AMC. But, the decision has been made.
The good news is that Fort Belvoir will still be gaining several thousand jobs. The jobs moving to The Mark Center are only a fraction of the total.
There are 16 acres on this complex, including a botanical preserve. No one has said what will happen to it when these buildings are constructed. There are plans for a "transportation hub" as well, according to the president of the company that owns the Mark Center.
Source: Alexandria Site Picked For 6,400 Army Jobs. By Sandhya Somashekhar and Amy Gardner, Washington Post Staff Writers, Tuesday, September 30, 2008; Page B01