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John Ruch Posted by on October 12, 2017.

Mayor: Sandy Springs won’t submit an Amazon HQ bid

Sandy Springs – unlike neighboring Brookhaven and Dunwoody — will not be entering the bidding wars for Amazon’s new corporate headquarters, according to Mayor Rusty Paul, who says there’s just nowhere to put it.

“The truth is, the Perimeter market doesn’t really have the amount of space necessary,” as defined by Amazon’s qualifications, Paul said in an interview. “We don’t have it in Sandy Springs, that’s for sure.”

The only possible site in Perimeter Center, he said, is the High Street site at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway in Dunwoody, whose owners are indeed putting in a bid, according to Dunwoody officials. That property’s owners, Boston-based GID, have a long-stalled mixed-use redevelopment plan for the 42-acre site’s existing vacant lots and office buildings.

Paul said that, despite the High Street site sitting right on the Sandy Springs-Dunwoody border, neither GID nor Dunwoody city officials have spoken with him about the Amazon bid.

“It’s an invisible line, but it’s a real one,” Paul said with a smile about the city boundary.

While Sandy Springs is not submitting an Amazon bid, Paul said, the city is “cooperating” with state economic development officials on the overall submission package, which is expected to include many bids from various metro areas. He explained that means letting Amazon know that Sandy Springs can offer support and space for related offices or businesses, rather than the main headquarters.

In Brookhaven, the owners of Northeast Plaza, a large shopping center on Buford Highway, said city officials privately contacted them to get cooperation in an Amazon bid, but the owners are not interested.

Seattle-based Amazon announced on Sept. 7 that it is accepting bids for a gigantic second headquarters, setting off a nationwide frenzy of self-promotion and secret planning in various cities.

Amazon states it would invest over $5 billion in construction and employ up to 50,000 people in the massive new headquarters. The request for proposals calls for enough room for buildings of more than 500,000 square feet to be built by 2019 and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027. The bid submission deadline is Oct. 19.

5 Responses to Mayor: Sandy Springs won’t submit an Amazon HQ bid

  1. alexander

    October 13, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I guess the “beauty ” of the MB development and surrounding clear cutting soured our dear mayor….

  2. BC

    October 13, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Why on earth would you say that? You are the mayor? Really?? Getting a Headquarters like this, with the amount of jobs and wealth that would be created in your neck of the woods is a game changer for Sandy Springs. Not a smart comment at all.

    • alexander

      October 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Sandy springs has nearly full employment (unemployment about 4.7%), are these high paying jobs or warehouse-jobs ? Sandy Springs is an urban -traffic nightmare. It IS “smart” not to want nightmares–unfortunately we already have Paul.

  3. Brian Brophy

    October 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Really??? Sandy Springs has finally realized that it is “grid-lock” city and there are numerous projects still to be completed that will add to the grid-lock.
    Glad to learn that someone has finally expressed some common sense.

  4. Jim Murphy

    October 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I moved out of Dunwoody last Fall when the Dunwoody council refused to halt growth to a city that is already grid locked. I have lived there for close to forty years and many supporters of the City thought that its creation would stop growth – it has not and does not look like it ever will. I feel sorry for those supporters.