Although Montgomery County officials have chosen not to reveal the site they’re suggesting for Amazon’s new “HQ2,” one of the likelier locations is the old White Flint Mall property.
Last week, the Seattle-based company revealed the 20 communities that have made its first cut for its new headquarters building. The winner of the Amazon sweepstakes gets 50,000 high-paying jobs. On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled a $5 billion package of enticements to bring the company to Montgomery County.
Amy Ginsburg, executive director of Friends of White Flint, describes why the neighborhood is perfect for the Seattle-based company, in this video:
White Flint, about 2.5 miles from the Capital Beltway and about 3 miles from I-270, could burden already taxed roadways for Amazon employees trying to get to work. In this video, Ginsburg offers the transportation alternatives:
“Amy Ginsburg, executive director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit that advocates for the neighborhood, said White Flint and the nearby Pike District have a wide variety of sites ready for office development.
Ginsburg said she thought of the site of the now-demolished White Flint Mall on Rockville Pike and the neighboring White Flint Plaza when considering places that could accommodate part of a corporate campus. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus depot north of Nicholson Lane also has redevelopment potential, she said.
“I think one of the great virtues of the White Flint area is that there’s land” available for development, she said.”…
…”Ginsburg said landing the Amazon headquarters would be an unequivocal win for White Flint. “There’s nothing but upside here,” she said.”
“I’ve heard White Flint has been mentioned as one of the areas,” said Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Friends of White Flint. “If that is true, we think Amazon could not be better served. It is the perfect area. We have the space. We have the transit. We are close to highways. We could absolutely fit their space needs.”…
…In the end, Ginsburg said, winning Amazon will be “topic number one all over Montgomery County government and among every developer in town” until Amazon makes its decision.