Amazon has decided not to award HQ2 to any single city and will instead split it, according to multiple reports.
The last-minute change is good news for Miami, according to the developer of Miami Worldcenter.
“Accommodating half the people makes it exponentially easier,” Miami Worldcenter Managing Principal Nitin Motwani told the WSJ.
Miami’s odds of landing Amazon are now better “given we don’t have industry and infrastructure on the scale they are talking about, but we have an incredible place to live,” Motwani added.
On Monday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that Miami was still in talks with the company, despite reports that a deal was near elsewhere.
The New York Times reported on Monday that sources in both Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia say they are close to finalizing deals with Amazon. Sources in Miami are bound by non-disclosure agreements which prevent any information on negotiations from being disclosed.
Negotiations are also still under way with other finalists, in addition to late stage negotiations that are taking place with Long Island City and Crystal City, according to the FT. A final decision has not been made, the paper said.
Urbanist Richard Florida thinks that either way, Miami could end up with something from Amazon. “It wouldn’t surprise me to hear in coming months, ‘We’re going to put a Latin American headquarters in Miami,'” Florida told Geekwire.
A formal announcement on HQ2 could come as soon as this week.