Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Amazon Reportedly in Talks to Put Second Headquarters in North Virginia

Amazon could make northern Virginia its second home A man on a scooter along the 1900 block of Crystal Drive in Arlington Virginia on Oct. 19. Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post
Nellie Chapman | 04 November, 2018, 17:02

Sources familiar with the company's negotiations say Amazon is in advanced stages of discussing the location of HQ2 in Northern Virginia, according to the Washington Post.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and president - and owner of The Washington Post - has said the company will make its final decision by the end of this year.

Metro D.C. has always been viewed as a favorite, thanks to its well-educated workforce, proximity to the federal government, and the fact that Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and a large home there.

The city was one the only Canadian municipality to be included on Amazon's short list last January and Mayor John Tory has been a frequent and vocal advocate for the bid.

But an Amazon.com Inc.'s economic development director isn't happy about the report.

The Post reports recent discussions about placing HQ2 in Crystal City include how to move employees, specific buildings, and how to make the announcement. He's the owner of The Washington Post and owns a home in the area.

Two people close to the process said that if Crystal City was selected, Amazon was likely to move an initial group of several hundred employees into 1851 South Bell Street or 1770 Crystal Drive.

Crystal City seems to the front-runner in the drawn-out competition to win Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters, widely known as HQ2. At stake: the online retail giant's second North American headquarters and 50,000 jobs.

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment Saturday.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well.

He also hinted that Amazon compelled finalists to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that the leakers may be violating.

It is understood that the area's premier developer, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market to make way for Amazon.