Amazon HQ2 | Amazon Long Island City | Crystal City

New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Amazon.com Inc.'s second and third headquarters, according to people familiar with the matter, ending a more than yearlong public contest that started with 238 candidates and ended with a surprise split of its so-called HQ2.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment.

The announcement is expected to be made as soon as Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters in September 2017.

Bezos has a home near Crystal City in Washington, D.C., close to the Post.

The Washington Post, which also confirmed the news Monday evening, noted that while "238 locations initially submitted proposals to Amazon, the Washington region was considered a favorite from the outset by many experts due to Bezos's personal connections in the region, particularly the $23 million mansion he purchased in the city's Kalorama neighborhood previous year and his ownership of The Washington Post".

The company said it would invest more than $5 billion over nearly two decades in a second headquarters, hiring as many as 50,000 full-time employees that would earn more than $100,000 a year on average.

Set within view of the nation's capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.

The fast influx of 25,000 highly paid techies would still be notable for the specific areas of Long Island City and Crystal City, for which Amazon would become the highest-profile, fast-growing employer. He was hopeful that HQ2 would come to New York City.

Some critics had pushed for more transparency from cities and states in the bidding process, warning that the benefits of hosting a massive Amazon office may not offset the tax-payer funded incentives and other costs. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, says Councilman Jimmy van Bramer. It said the company was in advanced discussions with Crystal City, Dallas and New York City. Other cities may get other responsibilities, the newspaper added. "It was also a platform for cities to promote themselves to a global audience".

If any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Va., where almost that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years. Toronto was the only finalist outside the U.S.

  • Eleanor Harrison