Arlington is among several cities across the country pushing to convince amazon to build its second headquarters in their city. Many praise the possibility and the investment it will bring but not everyone is pleased.
A group of Arlington residents who organized a town hall speaking out against the possibility of Arlington landing Amazon’s second headquarters. When the hunt for a new home kicked off in September, Amazon promised to invest $5 billion in the headquarters, that is expected to bring more than 50,000 jobs.
“It’s 50,000 jobs in a time period between 10 and 12 years and the R-F-P specifically says up tp 50,000 jobs,” said Roshan Abraham, member of Our Revolution Arlington.
“We have no sense of how many of these local jobs will be local hires and how many will be transplants. Are we actually looking at 50,000 new commuters and 50,000 new families who needs housing in an already crowded market?” asked Elizabeth Stafford, member of NOVA Democratic Socialists of America.
Organizers of the town hall urged county board members to attend the meeting to hear their concerns. The only member who showed up did not praise the possibility saying it’s too premature to judge, but says it could help the city’s 10 year commercial office vacancy.
“Rather it’s 50 jobs from one company or 500 with 100 companies I don’t care, but I do want to fill our office vacancy and with tax paying tenants,” said Erik Gutshall, member of The Arlington County Board.
Amazon is set to narrow its 20 finalist cities down to three within the next 3 months.