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Amazon plans to shift HQ2 in two locations: Long Island City, Crystal City

Move suggests company wants to avoid backlash for social ills

Spencer Soper & Lily Katz | Bloomberg 

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com Inc. will separate its proposed second headquarters into two locations, and is close to deals to put major new offices in Long Island City, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, according to the Times, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter.

The giant last year announced plans to invest $5 billion in a second HQ and hire as many as 50,000 people, setting off a frenzy of interest from in the U.S. and It has announced 20 finalists and is scheduled to make a final decision by the end of the year.

The company will choose two locations instead of one, the Journal reported earlier Monday. has decided that one location lacked sufficient talent, the Journal said. The Times reported those sites will be Long Island City, in the borough of Queens across the East River from Manhattan, and the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, which is across the Potomac River from

may want to avoid criticism that its arrival in a new town overwhelms the area. The company has fueled an economic boom in its hometown of Seattle, where it is also often blamed for traffic problems and skyrocketing housing costs that squeeze some residents out of the city.

"You could look to and see that it’s had great positive consequences, but it also probably has had some unintended ones that maybe aren’t as well received," SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. real-estate analyst Michael Lewis said. "You can see what it’s done to the cost of living in "

The Post reported on Saturday that Amazon was in advanced discussions to locate its second headquarters in Crystal City. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment. Crystal City is an urban neighborhood that features a concentration of high rise offices, hotels and residential buildings.

Some of contenders are close to each other and draw from the same labor pools. City and Newark, New Jersey, are among the finalists, as are Washington, Northern and Montgomery County, Maryland. Amazon could choose one metropolitan region and still have to negotiate with multiple states and local governments for tax incentives.

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 09:29 IST
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