Bay Area Cities, Including Concord, Submit Proposal for Amazon’s New $5B Headquarters

October 19, 2017 17:00 pm · 32 comments

The cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Concord and Richmond submitted a proposal today to bring online retail giant Amazon’s second corporate headquarters to the Bay Area.

Amazon announced plans in early September to invest more than $5 billion in construction costs and operational expenses at what they’re calling “HQ2.”

The company is looking for a metropolitan area with a population greater than 1 million people and a stable, business-friendly environment.

They’re also seeking locations with the potential to attract and retain talent in communities that “think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options,” according to a statement issued last month.

Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the business advocacy group Bay Area Council, thinks Amazon might find what it’s looking for in the region.

“We are the world’s innovation capitol,” Wunderman said in a statement today. “We offer top talent, top universities and large development sites connected by a rich network of mass transit and other transportation systems.”

“Our competitive advantages are unparalleled,” Wunderman added.

The proposal, which is more than 150 pages in length, features a number of development sites that are accessible by mass transit, including Oakland’s Coliseum City complex, Fremont’s Warm Springs Innovation District,
the Concord Naval Weapons Station and San Francisco’s Hunters Point shipyard.

The proposal includes plans to build 45,000 housing units over the coming years and decades to accommodate Amazon’s workforce, which is expected to be around 50,000 workers. It also includes a number of local and state tax credits as well as other incentives.

According to the Bay Area Council, Amazon already occupies roughly 3 million square feet of real estate in the Bay Area.

1 RANDOM TASK October 19, 2017 at 5:49 PM

I wonder what if concords sanctuary status is good or bad for the deal ……since our crime rate is way above the 7-8 burglaries a week to over 40 now and going for 50 ….I hear vegas is taking odds ….AMAZON SHOULD GO TO OAKLAND AND PASS UP THIS DEGRADING CITY AND STATE MAYBE BUILD IN TEXAS OR ARIZONA OR BUILD A FLOATING CITY IN SEATTLE …..CONCORD FAVORS UNEDUCATED AND SYSTEM SUCKERS ….A COMPANY THAT IS CAPITALIST HAS NO BUSINESS BEING ANYWHERE NEAR A SOCIALIST… PRO ILLEGAL …DECLINING STREETS AND BUSINESSES CITY THAT DESPISES 1% and AMAZON IS A THRIVING CAPITALIST COMPANY LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE AND LOOKING TO GROW LARGER …….TO BIG OF A CLASH OF OUTLOOKS FOR CONCORD ……OPEN SPACE FILLED WITH BUMS AND ILLEGALS THAT IS WHAT WE NEED AT NAVAL WEAPON STATION MAYBE THEY WILL TERRORIZE THAT AREA INSTEAD OF THE BART STATIONS BOTHERING HARD WORKING PEOPLE TRYING TO BETTER THEMSELVES

2 Scoob October 19, 2017 at 5:52 PM

If they do choose the Bay Area, Concord is the best choice. Why? The commute around any of those other cities is awful. There are many other good reasons as well, but companies around the bay are having a tougher time hiring people because workers do not want to deal with commuting in, and cannot afford to live near the bay.

3 Badge1104 October 19, 2017 at 6:27 PM

I think they should come here! Concord and the surrounding areas have a lot of people that could use jobs and the commute would be shorter for them. This might be what Concord needs to reverse its downward death spiral.

4 Lyle Lanley October 19, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Wait, don’t tell me, let me guess. Having Amazon will make Concord a “world class” city. I SO want Concord to be a world class city. The weapons station project was supposed to make us a world class city, but it doesn’t look like that’ll do the trick. We need to be world class. Good schools, safe neighborhoods, jolly cops, those are all secondary to being a world class city. The city council needs to craft a bond initiative so we can vote on selling millions of dollars worth of bonds to create an incitement package to lure Amazon. Then we can be world class. GIVE AMAZON THE MONEY. We have to be world class.

5 dltravers October 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Why not drink all the Kool Aid. Rename Concord Amazon to seal the deal. You can have jobs where your slavish devotion to the company is paramount. I know a guy fired by Bezos. The story is hilarious.

You can then work alongside robots whom you may marry someday. Maybe you can get microchiped and be a human borg bot. Not for all the money on the planet.

6 Jerk October 19, 2017 at 7:06 PM

No. Put it along the 580/680 corridor. Concord can’t get their sh!t together with their gridlocked roads but somehow this is supposed to make things better?

7 Growerofgreen October 19, 2017 at 7:23 PM

I can’t see why any large company would want to be in CA.

8 stillretired October 19, 2017 at 7:41 PM

With all the permits will take at least 10 years to break gound! Any state is better than California.

9 Strad October 19, 2017 at 9:04 PM

I think those 45,000 housing units they want to build are dorm rooms.

10 Giddyup October 19, 2017 at 9:29 PM

Ran across this article about the conditions brought about when Amazon located in Seattle years ago … the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This Is What Really Happens When Amazon Comes to Your Town

http://politi.co/2x6year

11 Strad October 19, 2017 at 9:39 PM

To entice Amazon to choose here, we should offer to give them BART. It would be a great deal for the Bay Area.

12 Dawg October 19, 2017 at 11:37 PM

Amazon had a tremendous impact on the housing market in Seattle which caused rent increases that surpass the rates of almost all other US cities and the fastest growth rate nationwide in home prices.
The proposal from the Bay Area cities includes a combined 45,000 units of new housing in the next five to ten years.
If you think traffic is already bad in Concord, wait until Amazon gets their way.

13 Stew October 20, 2017 at 2:17 AM

#7 spot on

14 TIFOKCIS October 20, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Our 80k home is now worth 580k. Come on Amazon!

800-900k is going to be nice nest egg to spend in another state during our retirement.

15 Yogurt October 20, 2017 at 6:32 AM

I’m pretty sure that random task works for the IRA or he is a sad angry old man banging a keyboard with his head in a dark room

Why would any Big company come to California? I don’t know ask the millions of them that are here.

For all your negative blubbering about economics (like any of you even understand the 1st thing about running a business) don’t forget California is the 5th largest economy in the world.

16 Growerofgreen October 20, 2017 at 8:21 AM

If CA is 5th biggest economy in the world Why is it so messed up financially?

17 Pyrrhus October 20, 2017 at 9:20 AM

@7 Because it is one of the largest economies in the world that attracts some of the best talent in the world. There is a reason why college graduates are flocking here from the Midwest and the opposite. California has it’s problems but it is very diverse where people don’t care if you are orange, red, black, white, purple , straight , gay, etc. We have great weather, great large cities, lots of things to do, and some of the best food in the world.

@16 Because we keep supporting all the red states in this nation.

18 rarelycomments October 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM

It’s a pipedream to even submit a proposal for Amazon to build HQ2 in California. Amazon will go to another tech hub like Austin or Raleigh where there is talent, housing prices are lower with more available housing stock, low taxes, and are offered major tax breaks and subsidies from the state and local government.

19 Mimi (original) October 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Amazon should consider building their new headquarters somewhere where there is more open space, affordable housing and less traffic than our greater bay area. We DON’T NEED MORE RESIDENTS!

20 Yaz October 20, 2017 at 10:04 AM

This would be cool! But, would be even neater would be to have a top notch university, libraries, parks, open spaces, museums, art venues, family sports venue in the military development & housing, running/biking trails. These would benefit the families already in the area and they would also create jobs.

21 Antler October 20, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Were I on their Board of Directors, I would want the location to be in a city with a major airport (postal hub, etc.) with direct flights cross-continent. And I would want to be located in a city where there are already affluent, established neighborhoods with adequate patrolling and enforcement by police city-wide. Existing cultural attractions “in-city” would be desirable, and I am not referring to mangy sorts of concerts, either.

Let’s not allow Concord to be sucked up into a multiple-city major tax-incentive scheme to lure Amazon here. We are not even keeping Old Concord maintained properly, and THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

22 94521 October 20, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Amazon would be disastrous for this area. Once they come in it will drive up costs, building, and traffic, and once their sector of the economy tanks (which it will eventually) this area will be the next Detroit.

23 Mr. White October 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM

I heard they once sold confederate flags, so with all your liberal bias
by all rights they can’t move to California

24 TIFOKCIS October 20, 2017 at 3:37 PM

Planet saving, Prius driving, sprouts eating ________s lining up to work for a GLOBAL CORPORATION.

Oh the irony!

25 anonymous October 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

@Mr white
Yawn!!! So tired!! Move along.

26 Giddyup October 20, 2017 at 6:40 PM
27 Bob Foo October 20, 2017 at 7:52 PM

You think housing costs are bad now? I make six figures and I still can’t afford a mortgage on a $500k house. It would be well over half my net income.

And look what you get for less than half a million. A cozy 1bd condo, maybe.

Amazon, please stay out of California and take some people with you.

28 The Realist October 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM

You’re all so grumpy!
This would be great for Concord, we can finally fix all the pot holes.
Great for me too, I passed up a job with Amazon last year because of the two hour commute. I could bike to work!
Why do they need access to an airport? It’s a secondary headquarters not a distribution center.

29 I don’t need a Nanny October 21, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Other than the depth of talent, the Bay Area has too many big negatives for such a large facility, such as insanely expensive real estate, high taxes, heavy regulations, and a Nanny State mentality in the state legislature that will surely lead to more of the same.

I’ll be very surprised if Amazon picks the Bay Area.

30 JustSayin2 October 21, 2017 at 11:28 AM

It wont happen because the City Council screws up anything good for taxpaying citizens whom are here legally

31 Hugh October 22, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Great that housing is included, we need a lot more housing density here.

32 LovesCalifornia October 22, 2017 at 9:25 PM

Good grief! If so many people hate concord, move!
It’s a wonderful town

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