Last week it was announced that Austin made the shortlist of cities for Amazon’s second headquarters. The Austin Business Journal took a look at what sites in Austin would fit Amazon’s criteria for their enormous HQ2.
Amazon has said that they would need a site with 500,000 square feet of space with the potential to grow up to 8 million square feet. Amazon will also consider how long their workers are going to have to commute from where they live, so lots of housing nearby will be a must.
Based on this criteria, there are a few places that stand out as possible potential locations for the online retail giant. The Broadmoor campus, which is located near The Domain and has 66 acres ready to be expanded is currently occupied by IBM.
A 125 acre site that used to be home to Motorola would also work. The site is on 183 in East Austin and is just 10 minutes from downtown and 10 miles from the airport. That land is already under renovation by Eightfold and could have 500,000 square feet of offices in a year and has room for 5 million to 9 million square feet total.
The 8,000 acre Robinson Ranch is located in Northwest Austin at the intersection of Toll 45 and Parmer Lane. The land could be built upon however Amazon would like, and the family that owns the land is willing to sell it at a heavily discounted rate to attract Amazon. This space is 12 square miles, even larger than downtown Austin, has the MetroRail line already running through it, and is close to lots of housing options that are more affordable than downtown and are zoned to popular Northwest Austin schools.
Closer to downtown, the current Austin American Statesman offices on Lady Bird Lake are being floated as a possible location as well. Although it only occupies 18.5 acres, other sites could be combined with the Austin American Statesman offices to fulfill Amazon’s needs.
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