Feb. 14, 2019 By Nathaly Pesantez
Amazon has withdrawn from its plans to build a campus in Long Island City, the company said today in a bombshell announcement.
The e-commerce giant had previously made a long statement in its blog This morning, the rationale was linked to the opposition the project had faced since the official announcement of the HQ2 in November.
"For Amazon, the obligation to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with elected state and local representatives Long-term supportive," reads the statement.
Amazon referred to surveys that surveyed the campus in Anable Basin and Strongly supported the deal with which he came to the table, but said the convinced opposition, especially by state and local politicians, made it clear that the project was doomed to failure.
"We are disappointed to come to this conclusion We love New York, its unparalleled dynamism, people and culture – and especially the community of Long Island City, where we've met so many optimistic, emerging church leaders, small business owners and local residents, "the company said.
Amazon thanked Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supported him on the project from the beginning and consistently spoke out on the benefits that the campus would bring to New York's economic livelihood and vitality.
"Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers to promote local investment and job creation. We can not speak positively enough about all their efforts," said Amazon. "The unwavering dedication and dedication that these leaders have shown to the communities they represent has inspired us from the beginning and is one of the key reasons why our decision was so difficult."
The company did not propose to reopen the HQ2 at this time and will proceed with new offices as planned in Virginia and Nashville.
The amazing turnaround comes after a Washington Post story was released last week stating that the company had reconsidered its location decision after two sources to Long Island City for staunch opposition.
The project was rejected by several activist groups, many of whom were based in Queens. These were heavily organized around the planned campus, as the city and state had jointly announced the selection of the Long Island City campus Nov. 13
The reasons for rejecting the project ranged from the billions of tax incentives that the company had as part of his move to Queens, to his income greenhouse gas and repressive effects, anti-union attitudes, and closed negotiations with the city and state that led to the official announcement of HQ2.
While Amazon did not name the state and city officials, they made it clear they are resisting our presence. "Two elected representatives of the area in which the company wanted to establish a branch, President Mike Gianaris and Councilor Jimmy Van Bramer, were key voices in the fight against the project. Both first signed letters in 2017 requesting the company to choose Long Island City for its HQ2 search.
In a statement, Van Bramer celebrated the trillion dollar corporation's decision.
"If our community struggles together, anything is possible even if we are dealing with the largest corporation in the world," he said.
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