Amazon just gave the slip to yet another city.
The company has officially listed a sublease for its floors in Seattle's Rainier Square tower that were used as office space, according to a marketing floor obtained by GeekWire. In a statement to Gizmodo, and Amazon spokesperson said that the company is "currently building two million square feet of office space in our South Lake Union campus in Seattle," another property in the area.
"We are always evaluating our space requirements and intend to sublease Rainer Square based on current plans. We have more than 9,000 open roles in Seattle and will continue to evaluate future growth, ”the spokesperson added. The company did not respond to further inquiries about the company's decision to pull out of the space.
As the Seattle Times reported Wednesday, the move not to occupy 30 floors in what is to be one of the tallest buildings in the Pacific Northwest region has quickly come under four. Amazon fiercely opposed to "head tax" on big businesses that would have helped support homelessness services and affordable housing, and which was repealed last year in the critics at the time said to strong armament by the company.
Support for the repeal last spring arose part of the e-commerce giant "said it would pause construction planning on an office high-rise and consider subleasing its space in the Rainier Square tower," by the Times:
When Mayor Jenny Durkan and a council majority sought to compromise with business leaders in May by a smaller version of the tax, Amazon announced it would move ahead with its high-rise project. But the company never recommitted to the Rainier Square space, just after an Amazon-backed effort to fix the measure through a referendum pressed the council into repealing the tax less than a month later.
A spokesperson for Amazon customs Gizmodo at the time The "vote by the Seattle City Council repeal the tax on job creation is the right decision for the region's economic prosperity."
Kshama Sawant, a council member, slammed the repeal at the time. Following news of Amazon's abandonment of its Rainier Square space this week, Sawant tweeted that the incident was a "lesson" that rather than "caving to billionaire class, workers across cities must unite to tax big biz, create jobs to fund housing, services! ”Sawant pointed to Amazon's failed HQ2 deal in New York as a defeat of a" $ 3B handout to Amazon. "
Amazon pulled out of its deal with New York for its HQ2 space in Queens earlier this month following vocal opposition to lavish subsidies critics characterized as corporate handouts and a negotiation process that lacked any transparency. When it did the plug, the company pointed the finger at its naysayers.
"For Amazon, the commitment to build and new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive of the long-term , "The company said in a statement at the time. It added that “the number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they are present 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 . ”