Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near DC

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will split its much-anticipated HQ2 between two yet-to-be-named cities.

The company's director of economic development had a sharp rebuke after reports over the weekend said the retailer is planning to build the second headquarters in Crystal City, Va. A decision could come as soon as this week, according to the source.

Numerous cities have been bidding for the online sales giant's second location - including Crystal City in Virginia.Amazon announced back in January it had narrowed its search for the location of its second headquarters to 20 cities.

At the time of writing, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Amazon may be splitting its future HQ2 across two cities, with 25,000 employees in each.

Discussions for Crystal City were more in-depth than in other cities in Northern Virginia and other locations, including NY and Dallas, the Post reported.

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It's unclear whether Amazon is having similar discussions with other finalists. Amazon is apparently seriously considering an area known as Crystal City.

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Amazon laid out a variety of requirements for the location of its new headquarters, including proximity to an worldwide airport.

HQ2 is slated to start operating in 2019, which means that Amazon will have to be ready to hit the ground running with their new headquarters. The original plan called for just one additional headquarters ultimately projected to house 50,000 workers in a $5 billion, 8-million sq. ft. campus by 2027.

"Memo to the genius leaking info about Crystal City, Va as #HQ2 selection". New York City and Newark, New Jersey, are among the finalists, as are Washington, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland.

Take these rumors with a grain of salt until Amazon makes its official announcement.