Where in Austin could Amazon HQ2 be built?
Amazon has said that they would need a site with 500,000 square feet of space. They also need a space with the potential to grow up to 8 million square feet. Amazon will consider workers commutes as well, so lots of housing nearby is a must. Based on this criteria, there are a few places that stand out as possible potential Amazon HQ2 locations.
The Broadmoor campus, which is located near The Domain and has 66 acres ready to be expanded is currently occupied by IBM. It would be the perfect location for Amazon HQ2.
A 125 acre site that used to be home to Motorola would also work as Amazon HQ2. The site is on 183 in East Austin. It is just 10 minutes from downtown and only 10 miles from the airport. That land is already under renovation by Eightfold. It could have 500,000 square feet of offices in a year. It also has the potential to have 5 million to 9 million square feet total.
The 8,000 acre Robinson Ranch is located in Northwest Austin. It’s at the intersection of Toll 45 and Parmer Lane. The land could be built upon however Amazon would like. Additionally, 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, which is larger than downtown Austin! It also has the MetroRail already running through it. Finally it’s close to lots of housing options that are more affordable than downtown. The housing is also zoned to popular Northwest Austin schools.
Austin American Statesman Offices
The Austin American Statesman offices are being floated as a possible location for Amazon HQ2 as well. The site is attractive because it is close to downtown and on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. Although it only occupies 18.5 acres, other sites could be combined with it to fulfill Amazon’s needs.