Jacksonville has a bold plan to remake the downtown riverfront area if the city is chosen to be Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon plans to spend $5 billion on a second U.S. headquarters, according to CNBC.
The report states that the proposed building will house 50,000 employees. Amazon currently has a Seattle-based headquarters.
First Coast News obtained Jacksonville's proposal, which would transform the Shipyards property between downtown and the Sports Complex into a 200 acre Amazon campus.
Below is a statement from Mayor Lenny Curry regarding the proposal:
“I greatly appreciate and value the work City staff and the Chamber have led on the development of this proposal. Proposals are a first step that communicate our genuine interest, commitment, and vision for a project. This Amazon project, like any other project we pursue, will be negotiated against a scorecard to ensure it provides a return to taxpayers and contributes to job growth and economic development. We will continue to work hard on this deal that would result in over 50,000 jobs for Jacksonville.” - Mayor Curry
The city has released a video of the proposal:
It is unclear what would happen to a proposal to redevelop the Shipyards and Metro Park that has been put forward by Jaguars owner Shad Khan's Iguana Investments.
More than two dozen cities are believed to have the bid to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters.