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Why Houston Lost the Amazon Race

HOUSTON – (By Ralph Bivins, Realty News Report) – Mayor Sylvester Turner called it correctly. It’s a “wake-up call,” the mayor said, and “there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done.” Mayor Turner was bemoaning the embarrassing defeat Houston suffered in the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes. On Thursday, the Seattle-based firm announced the 20 cities selected as finalists ... Read More »

Rice University Supporting Houston’s Bid For Amazon’s Massive Second Headquarters

HOUSTON – Rice University, which controls the old Sears store and almost 10 acres surrounding it in Houston’s Midtown district, is supporting Houston’s effort to secure Amazon’s massive “second headquarters.” Thursday is the deadline for cities to submit proposals to Amazon to secure the $5 billion headquarters, which will have 50,000 employees and 8 million square feet of office space ... Read More »

Space City’s Appeal: Three Sites in Houston for Amazon’s Massive Second Headquarters

HOUSTON – (Commentary By Ralph Bivins) – Houston is a cradle of innovation and entrepreneurial genius. Houston has been home to many of the innovators: computer magnate Michael Dell, fracking pioneer George P. Mitchell and Jeff Bezos – a student in the Houston Independent School District before he created Amazon, the world’s most dominant internet retailer. Houston is where President ... Read More »

Amazon Eyes West Houston for Massive 1 Million SF Distribution Center with 1,000 Jobs

KATY, Texas – Amazon Inc. has been scouting the Houston area for a massive distribution center and people in the real estate community say that Amazon is expected to construct the facility on the far west side of Houston along Interstate 10. If the deal comes together as envisioned, the Amazon footprint will be impressive – approximately 1 million square ... Read More »

Amazon to Build an 855,000 SF Fulfillment Center in Hines Business Park in Houston

HOUSTON – Amazon will build an 855,000 SF fulfillment center in Hines’ Pinto Business Park at the southwest corner of Interstate 45 North and Beltway 8 in north Houston. The Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to provide Amazon with a tax abatement of $180,000 a year for 10 years, as an economic stimulus, according to the Houston Chronicle. Amazon will ... Read More »

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