WCVB-TV — Several New England communities are submitting bids in hopes of landing Amazon’s second headquarters. Some have formed coalitions, while others are going it alone.Amazon has said the new location could eventually employ 50,000 skilled people with average annual salaries of more than $100,000. They expect to invest over $5 billion in the construction of the second headquarters.
Amazon is seeking a 100-acre site with easy access to transit options including highways and airports.
The deadline for cities to apply to become Amazon’s second headquarters is Thursday. Here is what we know so far about the local communities that have considered or submitted bids:
Calling it a proud city of immigrants that has become a 21st-century global hub, the city of Boston made public it’s pitch to Amazon that it hopes will lure the online giant 3,020 miles east.
The city’s pitch was 218 pages long, and included testimonials from CEOs, university leaders, business leaders as well as local and state officials.
The plan focuses around the development of the Suffolk Downs site in East Boston, with the South Boston Waterfront, South End/Back Bay and Allston-Brighton included as potential alternate sites.
In the Fall River plan, the first site to be developed would be 90 acres in the technology park, near the Amazon distribution center, The Herald News reported. The Freetown Riverside Business Park would take subsequent expansion.
“We’ll throw our hat in the ring and see where it takes us,” Ken Fiola, executive vice president of the Fall River Office of Economic Development. “Not doing it would be a disservice to the people of the city.”
Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella posted an image from his city’s proposal to Facebook on Wednesday night.
It shows a location in the crux of Route 2 and Interstate 190 and renderings of potential buildings for the campus. The city’s plan includes parking garages built into the hillside, at least three buildings, a marketplace, a gathering lawn and meadow trails.
The proposal is being sent to Amazon in a suitcase alongside “interesting items and products which are representative of our City and region.”
In a joint press conference on Wednesday morning, Gov. Chris Sununu, his economic development team and officials from Londonderry discussed offering Amazon space in the pre-approved and shovel-ready Woodmont Commons Development off Interstate 93.
The pitch relies heavily on New Hampshire’s built-in advantages, offering no tax breaks or incentives to sweeten the deal.
It also took several jabs at the Boston area.
“New Hampshire has all of the benefits of Boston without the headaches,” Sununu said.
Merrimack Valley – Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, North Andover, Andover
“Let’s get merri’d”
That’s the tagline for the pitch from a coalition of five communities in the lower Merrimack Valley.
The proposal asks Amazon to consider land at 1600 Osgood Street, which they say is a multi-use property of about 168 acres. An additional 860 acres is also available for expansions, they said.
It also suggests that the communities would be willing to consider creating for the property a dedicated commuter rail stop, shuttle bus service, a private electrical grid and a new exit on Interstate 495.
Economic Development & Industrial Corp., the city of Lynn’s development bank, plans to submit a bid, according to the Daily Item.
City Councilor Peter Capano said there’s property on the Lynnway that could be an option, if the owners agree to combine the properties. However, Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy told The Item the city is in no position to compete with other Massachusetts cities.
Middlesex3 – Billerica, Tewksbury and Lowell
Billerica Tewksbury, Lowell and other communities along Route 3 in Middlesex County submitted ato Amazon. The pitch boasts that the area exceeds all the requirements requested by the company.
The proposed site is a 135-acre campus at the Riverview Business Park, which straddles the three communities. There is an existing 563,000-square foot building on the campus and 20 pad-ready acres.
New Bedford is proposing a city-owned property adjacent to the Whaling City Golf Course, along Interstate 195. They call it “shovel-ready,” in city documents posted by the Boston Globe.
The proposal also boasts about New Bedford’s “lower cost of living and high quality of life.”
New Bedford said the proposed location offers easy access to the adjacent highways, the New Bedford airport and regional ferries. It also said that a planned commuter rail extension is planned.
Pawtucket-Central Falls, R.I.
The mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls announced plans to bid for Amazon’s second headquarters in late September.
“The two cities represent the home of the American Industrial Revolution and the cities where industry titans Hasbro, Osram-Sylvania and the William Wheat chocolate factory have called home,” they said.
Specifically, their proposal highlights the Pawtucket Central Falls Train Station District. They said it offers 60 acres, 2 million square feet of historic mill buildings and the potential to double that square footage with new construction.
Union Point – Weymouth, Abington and Rockland
The former South Weymouth Naval Air Station is currently being redeveloped under the name Union Point, and residents from three neighboring towns hope to attract Amazon to the facility.
The Patriot Ledger reported that a 100-page application will be submitted to Amazon by the developer, along with a letter from the leaders of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland.
Leaders of the state’s second-largest city unveiled a 60-page plan Tuesday, proposing a site on 98 acres surrounding Route 20.
The plan also touts Worcester’s relatively low housing cost, talent from local colleges or universities and hundreds of millions of dollars in potential tax savings.
495 Crossroads – Marlborough, Hudson, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough
Five neighboring communities are partnering on a proposal offering a network of 10 sites. The plan has a combination of existing buildings, construction-ready land and other areas that need new permitting or infrastructure.
The locations are spread over an area with a radius of about 17 miles, and the proposal said the driving time between any two locations is less than 40 minutes.
The 495 Crossroads proposal also touts the other major companies that already have a presence in the area, including Amazon’s Whole Foods, EMC/DELL, Raytheon and TJX.
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