A site in Iredell County is part of the Charlotte region’s bid to attract a second Amazon headquarters.
And that’s about all we know about the tract, other than the fact that it has to be big, and that it’s likely in the southern part of the county.
The site is one of several included in a proposal to the Seattle-based online retailer from the Charlotte Regional Partnership (CRP), which works to attract corporate relocations to the region.
Russ Rogerson, executive director of Statesville Regional Development, told the Record & Landmark that it would be premature to identify the site or reveal any specifics about it, other than it is privately owned.
“We partnered with the CRP on this submission because this is truly a regional project,” he said.
Individual sites won’t even be a part of the discussion unless Amazon decides to take a closer look at the region, he added.
Some 238 proposals were submitted to the Amazon HQ2 project from from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The project is expected to create as many as 50,000 full-time jobs with an average annual compensation of more than $100,000.
Amazon’s specifications say that a site must be within 30 miles of a population center and approximately 45 minutes from an international airport. That likely would mean an Iredell site would have to be in the southern part of the county.
The company also said it expects a site to be two miles from major highways and arterial roads, have access to mass transit, and able to accommodate up to 8 million square feet of building space.
CRP has not revealed what potential incentives are included in its proposal. CRP officials expect to hear whether the region is in the running by Dec. 1. Amazon’s final site selection and announcement are expected sometime next year.