Northrop Grumman, whose plan to relocate its West Coast headquarters to the Washington area has spurred a high-stakes competition among local governments, has narrowed its choices to Arlington, Fairfax and Montgomery counties, according to several sources in government and real estate.
The Los Angeles-based defense contractor has apparently eliminated the District, where small-business owners complained about the $25 million in tax breaks and grants that the company was being offered, as well as Loudoun County.
The company, which had said it would announce its selection by April, is apparently benefiting from the glut of office space and the depressed rents in the region. It is focusing on three sites, one of which is close to its competitors, the sources said. All offer new buildings.
The sites under consideration are a planned office building on North Glebe Road, in Arlington’s Ballston corridor; the Fairview Park office complex in the redeveloped Merrifield section of Falls Church; and a location on Gaither Road in Rockville, according to three sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the selection process is supposed to be confidential.
“Maryland [and] Montgomery County have put a very aggressive package on the table, and so has the building owner” on Gaither Road, Steve Silverman, director of the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, said Thursday. “We’re very competitive.”