Amazon Passes on Globe Life Park in Arlington as Site for $5B HQ2
ARLINGTON, TEXAS — The City of Arlington has announced that is it “no longer moving forward” with its bid to land Amazon’s new headquarters, a project that is expected to generate $5 billion in local investment and create 50,000 high-paying jobs. The city, which was one of several municipalities in the DFW metro to submit proposals, had offered the Seattle-based e-commerce giant roughly $921 million in incentives, including a 100 percent real and business personal property tax abatement for 10 years. City officials pitched Globe Life Park, the current home of the Texas Rangers, as the site for HQ2, highlighting the property’s size of 200-plus acres, infrastructure that was already in place and proximity to a major international airport. A new ballpark, Globe Life Field, is being developed for the Rangers in Arlington and is scheduled to open for the 2020 season. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams told CNN that Amazon was “looking for a more advanced urban setting,” which contributed to its decision to pass. Other sites within the metroplex are still in the running for HQ2.