Amazon’s Second Headquarters Hunt May Be Near A Selection

Instead, Amazon will split HQ2 evenly between two locations, and assign 25,000 employees to each location.

Online leader Amazon Inc. refused comment Tuesday on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations, possibly in New York City and Arlington, Virginia. The company reportedly is in advanced discussions with Crystal City in Northern Virginia, Dallas and New York City, the Journal reports. Developers say Long Island City has added 6,800 new multifamily housing units in just the last two years. Amazon also said it was looking for communities that offer a "stable and business-friendly" environment and access to mass transit. Bruce Harrell, the president of our City Council, even signed an executive order officially applying Seattle to be Amazon's HQ2, which was pretty embarrassing and made us seem like someone taking a breakup especially poorly. As the Times reported, there have been 41 new apartment buildings built in Long Island City since 2010, and previous year, more new apartments were built in Long Island City than in any other neighborhood in New York City.

An update from Amazon is widely expected soon. And before that, CEO Jeff Bezos - whose fortune is tied to his Amazon stake - became the world's wealthiest man in recent history.

Amazon has said that it wants to launch initial occupancy next year for its second headquarters. When Amazon released the original call for applications last September, property owners in 23 different neighborhoods-including Williamsburg and Sunset Park-cobbled together proposals at the request of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The retailer previously announced 20 finalists in North America for its planned investment of $5 billion and 50,000 jobs. Some 18,000 residential units are located in the same radius, not counting some 1,600 under construction and 4,300 in the pipeline, the Crystal City BID estimates. It's unclear when Amazon will make the official announcement. Since wrapping up visits with cities in the spring, Amazon has been nearly silent on the search.

"There is a ton of real estate already there, a lot of which is immediately available because it never fully recovered after the Department of Defense left", Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Jeffrey Langbaum said. People are furious, the site said.

  • Zachary Reyes