Potential cons of Amazon’s HQ2 coming to Loudoun; National Christmas Tree Lighting lottery now open

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Oct. 13.

While there are certainly pros to having Amazon’s second headquarters come to Loudoun County, some of the more negative effects (evidenced by the company’s sprawling Seattle headquarters) include rising rent prices, property taxes, limited office space for neighboring businesses and construction. In Seattle, rent has risen 57 percent in the last six years and property tax has risen 35 percent in the last four years.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The ticket lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting, which will take place Nov. 30, is open now through 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.

Department of Veterans Affairs Community Resource and Referral Center clinical workers have been exposed to noxious fumes (at least eight have tested positive for elevated carbon monoxide levels). For the last two years that they have reportedly known about the issue, hospital administrators have neglected to address the issue.
(The Washington Post)

The Washington Nationals lost 9-8 to the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 last night. This is the third year in a row that the Cubs have made it to the Championship Series.

Old Town Warrenton’s interior design company Fabric Emporium will be closing so that owners Maria and Joe Price can retire.
(Fauquier Times)

At Prince William County Recycles Day on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., guests can tour the Prince William Energy LFG (landfill gas) plant. The plant’s owner and operator will explain how potential greenhouse gas can be used for renewable energy.
(Potomac Local)

Today is Friday the 13th. The Fauquier Times shares some background on the superstition surrounding this day.
(Fauquier Times)