Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

Fredrick Soto
November 7, 2018

As the Times reported, there have been 41 new apartment buildings built in Long Island City since 2010, and past year, more new apartments were built in Long Island City than in any other neighborhood in New York City. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times followed on Monday with stories saying Amazon had chose to split the headquarters between New York and Virginia.

Earlier this month, Bezos said during an on-stage interview in NY that the final decision will come down to intuition: "You immerse yourself in that data, but then you make that decision with your heart", he said.

The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported that the company would locate the new facilities in Arlington's Crystal City area and in another city.

Amazon's decision to set up another headquarters set off an intense competition to win the company and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Bezos owns the Washington Post and a home in the prominent Kalorama neighborhood. Specifically, the Post reported that Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C., is the frontrunner.

Amazon, based in Seattle, is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City. NY and Arlington will reportedly get Amazon, but they won't get HQ2.

Amazon's reported decision to split its headquarters after months of deliberation - essentially opening two offices that would reportedly house 25,000 people each instead of a second headquarters that could rival its more than 45,000 employees in Seattle - rubbed many people the wrong way. He also said North Carolina had not been told that it is out of the running for the Amazon project.

The e-commerce giant is close to agreements that would split the new headquarters between two locales, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing non-public matters. Amazon has promised to make its selection this year. The Seattle-based company winnowed the list of finalists to 20 cities earlier this year. Although talks are still advancing with representatives in NY and Dallas, this could be to prime a backup location in case Crystal City falls through.

Amazon said it would consider costs of living in its decision-making process. The state's economic development arm, which has doled out more corporate tax breaks than anywhere else in the country, has also made Amazon a generous subsidy offer-though it's unclear for how much.

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