NEW YORK- Amazon is pulling out of its deal to build its HQ2 facility in New York and some elected officials are cheering.
The online retail giant announced in a statement that it would not move forward with plans to build the facility in Long Island City, Queens and bring 25,000 high-paying jobs with it.
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,”company officials said ina statement.
“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.”
“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”
Some elected officials hailed the end of the deal claiming Amazon was getting a real sweetheart deal in terms of tax breaks. They also expressed concern over the impact such a facility would have on the currently vacant waterfront.
“I have always welcomed and supported projects spearheaded by developers who engage in good faith with the community they seek to do business in. Amazon’s unwillingness to work with and address community concerns is a clear indication that they were never interested in a mutually beneficial agreement or even mitigating the consequences that its enormous footprint would have caused,” State Sen. Gustavo Rivera said in a statement.
“This is a victory for the people of Queens and New York who organized diligently to make their voices and demands heard. This should serve as a lesson on how to responsibly approach economic development projects in our State. You either keep New Yorkers’ best interests in mind and work towards a mutually beneficial agreement or stay home.”