Toronto falls short in quest for 2nd Amazon headquarters

Daniel Fowler
November 4, 2018

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Crystal City, Va., is in "advanced discussions" with Amazon, citing anonymous public and private sector officials.

Crystal City, with easy transit access, is close to Reagan National Airport, and ready-to-occupy office buildings, has always been considered a strong contender.

But after publication of the Post story, Mike Grella, director of economic development for Amazon, posted on Twitter: "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection".

Gargan said Amazon remains an "active project" in North Carolina, which means much of the details regarding what the state is offering to lure the company remain under wraps.

Separately, other sources claiming knowledge of Amazon's internal decision-making process told CNBC that the decision was "close" and mentioned Northern Virginia and Austin, Texas, noting that HQ2 could be split between the two cities.

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Crystal City seems to the front-runner in the drawn-out competition to win Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters, widely known as HQ2.

Amazon announced previous year that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in the US, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs. Crystal City is served by Washington's Metro subway system. He's the owner of The Washington Post and owns a home in the area.

The Walsh administration a year ago submitted the Suffolk Downs site in East Boston as the "perfect match" for Amazon's second headquarters.

He also hinted that Amazon compelled finalists to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that the leakers may be violating. HYM Investment Group's founder Thomas O' Brien told the Herald last month that plans to redevelop the site will proceed, regardless of Amazon's decision.

Spokesmen for Amazon declined to comment to the newspaper, as did Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.

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