Amazon "close" to picking HQ2 location

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Amazon, which is headquartered in Seattle, is seriously considering an area known as Crystal City, a large residential and office complex in Arlington, Virginia, just south of Washington, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.

Metro D.C. has always been viewed as a favorite, thanks to its well-educated workforce, proximity to the federal government, and the fact that Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post and a large home there.

Any announcement would come after midterm elections, the report said, adding that Amazon may be having similar discussions with other cities.

Because Amazon is reportedly in "advanced talks" does not mean the deal is certain.

The Northern Virginia neighborhood is just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital and discussions are apparently far enough along that one of the city's prominent real estate developers, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its property off the market.

In other tweets, Grella took aim at a report that linked the possible second headquarters to where CEO Jeff Bezos' plane travels.

Amazon announced a year ago that the retail giant was looking to open a second headquarters somewhere in North America, bringing with it as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Amazon said that it's second headquarters would employ 50,000 people and comprise a $5 billion dollar investment in the location that it chooses. The Seattle-based company received 238 proposals and narrowed its pool of finalists to 20 locations in January, including Boston. Amazon plans to make its announcement by the end of the year.

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. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin".

Amazon's site selection process remains shrouded in secrecy.

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment Saturday.

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