Amazon’s $5 billion headquarters battle is heating up in New York City

New York is in the making for a real play about Amazon.

The Economic Development Corporation in the city states that they have received proposals from 23 neighborhoods that are wanting to host Amazon.

“There is no other city in North America that has the space, the ingenuity and even the energy that we can offer Amazon,” Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said in a statement.

On September the 15, New York’s EDC has solicited submissions about places all over the city where Amazon could call home. It will now go through the submissions and choose one to send to Amazon when bids are due October 19.

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One of the contenders is most likely the Industry City complex in Brooklyn, which is set to expand its space with its sights set on Amazon, the development’s CEO, Andrew Kimball, told The Real Deal.

Amazon is now on the search for a site of a second headquarters, that the company claims that it will be as large as its home in Seattle. Amazon wants to invest amount of $5 billion of the construction of its new headquarters and hoped to eventually house 50,000 staff members there.

Nearly every city in the US and Canada that qualifies has said it has made or is considering making a bid. New York officials have said that in lieu of offering financial incentives, they plan to leverage the city’s desirability in a push to appeal to Amazon.

The e-commerce giant also just announced plans to open a new office in the Manhattan West megadevelopment. The company is leasing 360,000 square feet there, with space for its advertising, Amazon Fashion, and Amazon Web Services teams.

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The company also recently announced plans to build its first fulfillment center in the city, in Staten Island, where it would hire 2,250 employees.