Amazon might be reconsidering its second headquarters in NY

10 February, 2019, 07:43 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Amazon rethinks plan for New York HQ amid fierce opposition, report says

"We're focused on engaging with our new neighbors - small business owners, educators, and community leaders".

On Friday, the Emanuel administration reached out to Amazon after the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, reported that the company was reconsidering its decision to locate half of its second world headquarters in ny because of political resistance to the state's $2.8 billion incentive package.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not at liberty to discuss the plans publicly, the people said Amazon executives have had discussions inside the company to reassess the situation in NY and explore other locales.

Sources "familiar with the company's thinking" told the Post that the reassessment comes following local opposition from politicians and activist groups.

"Chicago was initially considered for Amazon's new headquarters and the economic opportunity is certainly welcome here", Preckwinkle was quoted as saying.

Equally important is to make sure that whatever you plan to build in a location fits into the character of that location.

Protestors rally against Amazon and the company's plans to move their second headquarters to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, at New York City Hall, January 30, 2019 in New York City.

The source said the article could be a trial balloon for either side: It could be the NY community sending a signal to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, or it could be Bezos testing the waters.

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Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens has been a long time critic of the $3 billion Amazon deal and was recently appointed to the Public Authorities Control Board by the Democratic majority Senate. After months of haggling and wrangling to establish a deal involving major tax breaks and accommodations, Democrats in New York City are complaining that the deal isn't good enough, the tax breaks are too unsafe, and Amazon's arrival might be damaging to the social justice crowd because it could lead to further "gentrification" of the area.

Amazon hasn't built any structures nor finalized any land leases in NY as of yet, and likely wouldn't until 2020. The company could certainly skip over to Newark and re-open talks to place its offices there, if only to loosen resistance in New York City.

Amazon may also have a Plan B. One of the twenty finalists for HQ2 was Newark, New Jersey, just across the border from New York City.

In November, Amazon announced plans for a new campus in Long Island City, Queens where it would employ 25,000 people in one of two major new offices planned after a national competition, the other going to Arlington, Virginia.

One supporter of the deal Van Bramer spoke to "seemed genuinely anxious, and that led me to believe that it was real", he said.

One reason for the big difference in whether Amazon is welcomed or not lies in the nature of the locations where the new headquarters would be. Protestors also disrupted the hearing.

"The change in scope - given jobs and investment were ultimately divided among multiple communities - further enhances Miami's opportunity to successfully deliver on the kind of partnership we know Amazon is looking for", he said. "There is no (other) business that brings 25,000 jobs". It took a year to choose NY as one of its next destinations.

In Virginia, the existing large population of highly-paid tech workers means Amazon will fit right in.

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