Amazon plans 43-story tower outside Seattle to accommodate 'several thousand' employees

Amazon plans 43-story tower outside Seattle to accommodate 'several thousand' employees
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Amazon is reportedly planning a massive addition to Seattle's skyline that would house thousands of employees once built.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that the company has begun the permitting process for "Bellevue 600," a planned 43-story tower to be built at 600 108th Ave. N.E., current site of the city's Corporate Plaza. Amazon purchased the land earlier this year for nearly $200 million.

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Estimates from the Times based on previous Amazon construction projects indicated that the tower could house more than 4,000 employees once completed, and would be located just a few blocks away from two 15-story towers that Amazon plans to use for office space.

Amazon would not confirm the Times's estimate, and told the newspaper in a statement only that the building would house "several thousand" people.

“We look forward to growing our presence in Bellevue and bringing thousands of jobs to the city,” an Amazon spokesman told the Times. “This includes employees already based in Bellevue, new hires, and the move of some Global Operations teams currently based in Seattle to accommodate for continued expansion of other teams in our South Lake Union campus.”

Amazon currently operates office space in 47 buildings in Seattle, according to the newspaper. The company currently employs about 45,000 people in the city, and reportedly is offering more than 10,000 open job positions in the area at this time.

The company announced earlier this year that it had abandoned plans to expand office space in New York City due to resistance from local politicians including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStudents retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (D-N.Y.) and Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor de Blasio, the small business killer The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts De Blasio's video snafu earns laughter in Iowa MORE (D), who is running for president.

"After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," a company spokesperson said in February

"While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City," the company added at the time.