Amazon Reportedly in Talks to Put Second Headquarters in North Virginia

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Amazon announced a year ago 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.

Two people close to the process said that if Crystal City was selected, Amazon was likely to move an initial group of several hundred employees into 1851 S. Bell St. or 1770 Crystal Drive, two dated office buildings that have been targeted for redevelopment but could be readied for occupancy by their owner, JBG Smith, in nine months or less.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Mike Grella, Amazon's economic development director posted on Twitter, "Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, VA as #HQ2 selection".

In another post about an hour earlier, Grella criticized an earlier story in the Post - owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - for speculating about the possible second headquarters location based on flight patterns of Bezos' jet.

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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. But Ash said there have been ongoing discussions with Amazon about other opportunities. Some of the frontrunners are allegedly between a location in Crystal City, Northern Virginia, or potentially a location close to Austin, Texas. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend. Amazon declined to comment on his remarks. The company has said it would invest $5 billion in the new headquarters.

The online retail giant has reportedly held "advanced discussions" about placing its sought-after HQ2 in the northern Virginia town located in Arlington County, according to The Washington Post.

Even without Amazon, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has estimated that the region needs to add 235,000 housing units by 2025 to keep pace with expected job growth.

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