Large spheres take shape in front of an existing Amazon building, behind, as new construction continues across the street in Seattle. "You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors".
An official announcement on who the two cities are could come as early as next week.
"Usually, across the board, when you're dealing with a company and you've made proposals, they will let you know one way or another", Cooper said, speaking after a routine N.C. Council of State meeting.
Sixty years ago, Crystal City did not seem like the kind of place a leading e-commerce giant would pick for its global headquarters. It's just across the Potomac River from Capitol Hill in Washington, and a quick jaunt from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Pentagon. Company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos already had several connections to the Washington area. Within Crystal City's own boundaries, the inventory totals 4,600 hotel keys and 5,200 residential units. An exodus of government tenants left the area with relatively cheap, aging office space that could be used by Amazon while it renovates existing properties or builds anew.
Long Island City and Crystal City would meet Amazon's requirements for a new locale: Both are near metropolitan areas with more than a million people, have nearby global airports, direct access to mass transit and have room for the company to expand. According to Wikipedia, 20,000 people live in Crystal City, but 60,000 commute there.
Heartland Town Square developers Gerald and David Wolkoff are now building a 1,200-unit residential complex in Long Island City called 5 Pointz Towers.
For more than a year, 20 cities and communities around the country have been waiting for this announcement: hoping, praying that they'd be the victor, and that Amazon would pick them as the location for its second corporate headquarters, known as HQ2, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new white collar jobs.
Some of contenders are close to each other and draw from the same labour pools. New York City and Newark, New Jersey, were among the finalists, as were Washington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.
Some locations sought to stand out with stunts, but Amazon emphasized it wanted dollars and cents incentives, like tax breaks and grants.
There won't be one victor, the Journal says, citing "a person familiar with the matter". However, the company is not exactly denying the report's accuracy.