Northern Virginia believed Amazon’s frontrunner for second headquarters

The Amazon Spheres are seen from Lenora Street the Space Needle in the background at AmazonÕs Seattle headquarters in Seattle

Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O is in late-stage talks with Dallas, New York, the Crystal City area of northern Virginia and a few other candidates for the location of its second headquarters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Sources say a decision could come as soon as this week.

And now it ends up Amazon may decide on creating an HQ2 and HQ3.

It was a little over a year ago when Amazon announced it would be looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in North America, in turn kicking off an unofficial competition with cities biding to lure the internet giant with tax and other incentives. In early 2018, it released its list of 20 finalists.

The company stipulated that it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

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Amazon estimates HQ2 will bring more than $5 billion in construction investments and as many as 50,000 jobs to the city amidst decades of ongoing investment in the surrounding community.

Crystal City is served by a mass transit system and major highways, both qualifications that Amazon has said is required for its new headquarters as well. The company declined to comment on the Wall Street Journal's story.

Take these rumors with a grain of salt until Amazon makes its official announcement.

Mike Grella, Amazon's director of Economic Development Public Policy tweeted Saturday that leaks pointing toward Crystal City as the HQ2 selection wasn't doing the city any favors.

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