When it comes to where Amazon should put its second headquarters, or HQ2, Mayor Muriel Bowser says, “Obviously, Washington, D.C.” Already, a variety of journalists have said that the District has a fighting chance, thanks to the city having a large pool of tech workers, a strong university system nearby, and Jeff Bezos’ Kalorama home, which he bought last year for $23 million.
Despite this, the Washington Post’s Jonathan O’Connell says that D.C. doesn’t seem to exactly fit the bill for HQ2 due to the city not having any sprawling, vacant factories or plants to redevelop. There is no single available site that could fit the headquarters without zoning changes.
The second headquarters is expected to bring up to 50,000 workers and cost as much as $5 billion. It is also expected to be the “full equal” to the headquarters in Seattle, Washington, which spans 8.1 million square feet in 33 buildings.
The four sites that D.C. will pitch have been chosen, so here’s what to expect. In the Southeast and Southwest quadrants, there is a proposal for land around Nationals Park in Navy Yard and the D.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point. There are also hopes to pitch parcels behind Union Station in NoMa, and in Hill East south of RFK Stadium, and in the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods by Howard University.
There are no reports yet as to what financial incentives the D.C. government might give Amazon to move to the District.
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