A recent CNBC article asks its readers, if they are wondering how Amazon will impact the city it chooses for its second headquarters, then “just take a look at its presence in the Seattle metropolitan area.” The Emerald City no doubt continues to feel the impact of tech companies within its thriving Silicon Forest, most notably with Amazon, whose footprint is now at nearly 14 million square feet, enough to fill five Empire State Buildings.
According to sources, the company’s massive expanse spans across 45 buildings in downtown Seattle, the Queen Anne and South Lake Union neighborhoods, and most recently, Bellevue. And their growth is not projected to stall anytime soon, as market pundits anticipate that Amazon may secure millions more square feet of office space in the coming years. For example, Amazon's newest 17-story office tower in Seattle is being developed with an "urban treehouse" theme in mind.
238 cities submitted proposals to Amazon to secure their second headquarters, which promises $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs. The city is expected to be announced sometime in 2018 with construction beginning the following year.