Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

Amazon may be rethinking plans for New York City headquarters

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

The World's biggest retailer is reportedly exploring potential alternatives to building its new headquarters in New York City due to backlash from local opposition, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.

Amazon executives have held internal discussion to "reassess the situation in NY and explore alternatives", according to the Post.

Amazon also has plans to build new hubs in Virginia and Tennessee, both of which have been more welcoming to the idea in comparison to NY. A spokesperson at Amazon responded to a request for comment from eWEEK.

Critics also say the project would drive up rent and tax New York's already troubled transit system. "It really feels like this threat of Amazon to leave has been choreographed with the governor" to put pressure on Senate Democrats, he said.

The retailing giant had not yet purchased or leased any land for the project there, which would make it easy to leave, the unnamed individuals told the Post, which is owned by Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. It must be approved unanimously by the state Public Authorities Control Board.

But, according to a story published today by The Washington Post, Amazon has a growing list of woes in ny.

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Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority of New Yorkers who are convinced that Amazon will be a neighbor that they don't want. Of this $1.525 billion, up to $1.2 billion could come from a refundable tax credit through New York State's Excelsior Program and a $325 million cash grant from the Empire State Development fund. After the announcement for HQ2, the so-called Everything Store plastered Queens with flyers about how great it is and why it would be a good addition to the neighborhood (Gianaris sent corresponding flyers telling Amazon to stick to Seattle).

The company, which announced past year that it had chosen a site in Long Island City to house 25,000 employees, has not leased or purchased office space for the project yet, making it easy to withdraw the commitment, according to the Washington Post.

"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.

Among other things, Amazon said it would hire from "across the five boroughs", offer career training for local residents and bring in over $27 billion in state and local tax revenue that can help "improve subways and buses".

Contrast the opposition in NY with the welcome in Virginia, and you can see why Amazon executives are reconsidering their choice.

Sure, Amazon shimmied into Virginia and got everything it wanted.

It noted that the company's plan to build its HQ2 campus in Long Island City (located across the river from Manhattan in Queens) had faced opposition from local activists and politicians. "It's setting a bad precedent", Carlo Scissura, president and CEO, New York Building Congress, told CNN Business on Friday.

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